Winter is a season for personal reflection and growth. Nature pauses as animals hibernate and plants rest. Stillness takes over. It’s a time for humans to follow nature’s lead and to slow down, observe what’s happening, rest and reflect too. Things do not stop during winter. Rather, roots grow deeper and strength develops.
Several years ago, my husband and I decided that we would “do winter well.” This means advance preparation to make things easier. Since we live in snow country, warm coats, hats, gloves and boots are easily accessible. Shovels are within easy reach. Snow melt is by the door. The snow blower has gas and oil and extra pins. Since we no longer have a garage, this year we added windshield covers. They make a big difference and save time from scraping the windshield after a cold night.
Soon I’ll be leaving for a 21-day Ayurvedic retreat at Swaswara in Gokarana, on Om Beach in the state of Goa, in southeastern India. This is a gift to myself and my way of doing “winter well” this year!
I’ll fly non-stop from Boston to Doha, Qatar and then connect to Goa, India. I’ll be gone for a month. I’ll have a few days of acclimation on each end of my travels. I’m looking forward to the detox program … from technology, certain foods, toxins and stress. After our move last summer, this will provide me the opportunity to get a regular meditation and yoga program underway again.
It’ll be an adventure that I’ll share with you in March. Fortunately, I have a good friend who’s done this for several years and is showing me the way. For this, I’m truly grateful!
It’ll be a winter of new activities, self-care, healing and personal growth and development. It’s exciting!