Winter Solstice

This was taken from a posting I received …

Winter

Welcome Winter Solstice, in our hearts we burn warm with all that you offer and all we hold dear.

In times past, the bare-limbed trees, long nights, and biting chill of winter signified to all that the time had come to slow down. Humanity emulated the animals, retreating into cozy dwellings where they sustained themselves on foods harvested late in autumn and passed the time in peaceful reflection. Today, most people proceed ruddy-cheeked through winter’s frosts, ignoring the profound effects cold weather has on their bodies and their minds. Yet the beauty and significance of wintertime cannot be so easily overlooked. As the temperature plummets, leaving the air crisp and the landscape bare, we tend to crave warmth and relish rich foods. The presence of loved ones seems more comforting when blustery winds rattle window panes and we feel compelled to conserve our energy by engaging in only the most soothing of activities.

Though your daily schedule may remain more or less the same no matter what time of year it is, you will find in winter many opportunities to honor the way in which you are impacted by this most magical of seasons. At first glance, the world may seem desolate during the coldest months. Yet there are many unique and stimulating sensory experiences to be had – in the intricate beauty of individual snowflakes, the patterns of frost that form on your windows, the tang of smoke from wood-fueled fireplaces, the crunch of freshly fallen snow under your feet, and the briskness of the air. Do not be afraid to venture joyfully out into the cold and the snow as you may have when you were a child. A tingling and reddened nose is a small price to pay for a clear mind and invigorated soul. If your body articulates a desire to rest, give yourself permission to spend your free time reading, writing in your journal, daydreaming, engaging in artistic pursuits, playing board games, working a puzzle or meditating.

Many plants, like the tulip and the apple tree, would not blossom in the springtime were it not for the period of dormancy that is the gift of winter’s chill. Their example can inspire us to use this season of slumber to cleanse ourselves of spiritual and emotional detritus like flora shedding lifeless foliage so that we, too, may emerge from under the frost refreshed and renewed when spring arrives.

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Thanks for sharing it, Deborah!! That’s very encouraging advice and wise words. Winter truly is a season of recovery! :snowflake: :christmas_tree:

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@Deborah813, this is beautiful! I agree with it! I love summer/beach time. However, I’m enjoying the winter and sweets too! (Too much indulgence! Lol) I’m taking in the winter air as you mentioned. And the :snowflake: fall we had last week made me think when i was a kid. How wonderful it was to enjoy it and still be frozen! Lol… Thank you for sharing!

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Back in the 80s I happened upon a series of books by Jane Auel the first one being Clan of the Cave Bear. Although all fiction; it was well researched through archeology and gave a logical depiction of what human existence must have been like sixty thousand years ago.
Winter according to the book is when they made their crafts from nets for fishing, vessels for eating and drinking, tools, clothing, and hunting implements.
The other seasons were too busy hunting and gathering. There were three books in all. They were all excellent.

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Beautiful and inspirational, @Deborah813 :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: This passage reminds us of the cycle of the year and how each season is important- even the cold darkness of winter has its joys, and it leads to the beautiful color and return of life in spring! :tulip:

Thanks so much sharing- blessed solstice and happy holidays to you! :sparkling_heart:

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