The onset (onslaught) of the austere British autumn with its chills, wool layers and mandatory cold (or in my case sinusitis) reminded me that I am not a big fan of winter. I love spring which is filled with flowers and hope. I love summer filled with parties and fun. I learned to love autumn with its beautiful light, quiet cozy nights and anticipation. But I can not bring myself to love, or even like, winter.
Which is bizarre considering I tend to choose northern countries like Scotland, Canada or England to live in.
Hence this will be my new practice, among others. My practice this year is to love winter. Despite the cold and the flu, chill to the bone freeze and strong winds, depressing darkness and never ending greyness. To not count days to spring but rather enjoy each day whatever the season. To empty my mind enough to not see winter as an enemy, or at least this is how I understand Huikai’s teaching above.
November and December are easier – anticipation of Christmas and New Year helps. It’s January and February that are testing. I plan to buy a SAD lamp, take vitamin D, eat healthy and invest in good walking boots.
Any other tips? Do you love winter? How/ why?