Even though I live in a moderate climate, I still feel the Winter. It is snowing in parts of New Mexico, in the mountains. The mornings and evenings are a bit chillier. Fortunatley, for me, the sun still shines through in the late afternoon.
Winter has a poetic side that I have always felt. I found this beautiful thought online. As an introvert who hates the materialism of the season and prefers the quiet snowfall in the Woods while hiking alone or hand in hand with someone I love, these thoughts felt warm.
"The winter solstice time is no longer celebrated as it once was, with the understanding that this is a period of descent and rest, of going within our homes, within ourselves and taking in all that we have been through, all that has passed in this full year which is coming to a close... like nature and the animal kingdom around us, this time of hibernation is so necessary for our tired limbs, our burdened minds.
Our modern culture teaches avoidance at a max at this time; alcohol, lights, shopping, overworking, over spending, comfort food and consumerism.
...and yet the natural tug to go inwards as nearly all creatures are doing is strong and the weather so bitter that people are left feeling that winter is hard, because for those of us without burning fires and big festive families, it can be lonely and isolating. Whereas in actual fact winter is kind, she points us in her quiet soft way towards our inner self, towards this annual time of peace and reflection, embracing the darkness and forgiving, accepting and loving embracing goodbye the past year.
"Winter takes away the distractions, the buzz, and presents us with the perfect time to rest and withdraw into a womb like love, bringing fire & light to our hearth".
.. and then, just around the corner the new year will begin again, and like a seed planted deep in the earth, we will all rise with renewed energy once again to dance in the sunlight,"
At some point, I would love to write a song cycle about the real things that a human like me craves: solitude, stillness, the Woods, art, music, meaningful and deep conversation, poetry, deep and soulful connections...those are the presents I love.