And so I found myself profoundly 'met' as I listened to this most "lyrical and wise" discussion - 'How Wintering Replenishes' between Krista Tippett of OnBeing, and Katherine May, author of 'Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times'. In this talk May shares that winter is a "time for reflection, recuperation and for slow replenishment and putting your house in order...doing these deeply unfashionable things - slowing down, letting your spare time expand, getting enough sleep, resting - is a radical act but it's essential".
This talk left me with powerful questions to reflect on and journal about which you too might find useful.
What are the changes that take place within me as winter approaches and settles in? spring? summer? autumn?
What does each season represent a time for?
What does the transitional place between seasons offer an opportunity for?
- Look wintering in the eye, greet it and let it in
- Treat yourself with kindness and love
- Assume your needs are reasonable and that your feelings are signals of something important
- Keep yourself well fed and get enough sleep
- Take yourself for walks in the fresh air
- Spend time doing things that soothe you
- Be curious about what you are experiencing