Going Inside for the Winter: An Opportunity to do Important Inner Work
Many indigenous people associate darkness with the spirit and “non-ordinary reality,” and daylight with life on the earth plane and “ordinary reality.”
Winter, and the increased darkness that comes with the season, is thus logically considered a time for spirit work. Spring and summer are for planting, growing, gathering, building and repair. Fall is for reaping the harvest and preparing for winter. Spring and summer are active and outward oriented. Fall is when many living things draw their life force inward, and begin the process of dormancy or hibernation.
Winter, on the other hand, is for slowing down, rest, restoration, introspection, reflection and spiritual work. Winter is inward in nature. Looked at this way, winter offers a unique opportunity for anyone who values inward reflection, mindfulness, balance and connection to the broader universe and spirit. As such, winter is a time to look forward to and to cherish. [Read more…]