Winter can be a difficult season on a person’s vibrations. Spring is often a time of renewal and we watch as Mother Nature brings the beautiful green hues, sprouts, and buds back to our lives. Summer usually provides us all with ample opportunities to enjoy all that Mother Nature provides. Fall gives a cooling affect from our hot summer and we become comforted in warmer layers while enjoying the color show that permeates our view. Winter can have amazing beauty in the new fallen snow, the icy waters, and quietness of nature often experienced during this time. Yet, it can wear on each of us with the shortened days, colder temperatures, often being cooped up indoors, and simply not getting enough sunlight.
Trees often can go through similar enjoyments as we do throughout the seasons. I think perhaps we may have a lesson to learn from the trees. Trees often spend spring growing and maturing at a fast pace. Summer brings them into their prime more often than not. Fall can bring harvests and often comes with shedding of all of their leaves or some of their needles. Winter would have us believe that trees are almost sleeping at this time. Yet, underneath the ground, there is activity. The roots are still active and providing nourishment the best they can. Some believe that roots can even grow during the winter months, although much slower than the other seasons.
I often fall into a winter blues a bit past midway. I get tired of being indoors. I want to shed what feels like a constant blanket upon my body. I miss the grounding affects that are so easy to obtain in the other seasons by just walking upon the Earth barefoot or working in the dirt via gardening. I miss dancing in the sunlight. I just keep telling myself, not much longer and spring will renew me. Hold on tight!
This past winter, I took an approach of letting my roots grow. What in the world do I mean by this? Well, let me see if I can explain.
Just as with trees, our roots are often buried out of sight and we often take them for granted. However, winter is an amazing time to nourish our roots. Winter can be a time to focus on who we really are and reflect upon where we are in life’s journey. We can explore areas that we may have put on hold due to the availability of being in nature during the other seasons. We can allow discovery of our roots and even allow them to grow through exploration and understanding.
Winter is a wonderful time to learn to observe quietly while so many others are hustling and bustling due to the holiday season. As we sit quietly and observe others’ actions and energy, we can often discover more about ourselves on a new level. We can heighten our awareness to ourselves, others, and our senses and peception. It is great time to train our minds to just shut up for a bit. That is so easy to do when in the beauty of nature, but practicing it and attempting to master it in what I see as harsher conditions can facilitate amazing growth of who we are… deep within. We nourish our roots and allow them to become discovered.
Perhaps winter can bring about the deeper understanding of subjects in relation to our life’s journey. We can dig into subject matters as we seem to have more time to read and investigate.
We can also just rest a bit, but not too much! The trees will reserve their energy and only use for what is necessary. Perhaps this is what allows them to break out in beautiful green hues sometimes accompanied by rainbows of flowering blooms in the spring. The tree provides so many with shade in the heat of the summer as it fights to find its drink of water. The tree then ends fall with a robust show of color and shedding of the old. Rest seems very well deserved when you think of all the work a tree does before winter.
So, for anyone that may struggle with the winter blues like I have, then maybe we can find a way to help our light shine a bit brighter during the long nights of winter. Perhaps we can strengthen our roots through rest and search for deeper understanding. We will be anchored in ourselves with our roots reaching deep and wide to support us as the winds of change continue to blow. And even if we cannot see how strong our roots are, we must know and appreciate our roots despite them often being hidden and underappreciated.