Facing Winter



I love fall.  I know, who doesn't?  Crisp cool air, clear blue skies, and the smell of wood fires in the air.  With major holidays just around the corner you'd think I'd be care-free and full of joy, but there is something at the edge of my mind.  Winter.  The knowledge that the cool crisp air will turn cold and damp, the blue skies will turn grey, and that it will be dark before I'm even home every day looms in my head. 

I wish I could take my feelings about winter and turn them around.  Even more so, I wish I could enjoy this moment for what it is.  It is autumn.  Let tomorrow take care of itself.  That is what Zen is all about after all.

I'm not sure why I dread winter so.  It  usually ends up being my most productive season.  Each year,  as I'm forced to spend more time indoors, I find myself reading new authors, pondering life's deepest secrets, meditating, and working on self-knowledge.  I always emerge stronger following a long hard winter, yet still I resist. 

There's a lesson in there somewhere.

Dan



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6 comments:

  1. I know what you mean, but I've come to love winter. I love being able to batten down the hatches and hibernate. It lets my soul and body rest. Go with what the seasons tell you to - sleep more, keep warm, hibernate, and then when spring comes, it is even more wonderful than ever.

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  2. "There is no bad weather, only bad clothing." Old Scandinavian saying. When I learned how to insulate well in the winter I now embrace the briskness of the cold air and how it clears my head and stimulates my being. Also finding a winter sport helps to make it enjoyable. We down hill ski on the weekends and we hope to have enough snow to crosss country ski in our town this year.

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  3. I love winter...until February. Then it seems to take six months to arrive at May. But like you I am very productive in some fashions - but hibernating and lazy in others. It is the gray skies that are the hardest. For the past 20 years I try to enjoy the snow and cold since I know many people cannot get out and spend days looking out the window waiting for spring. So I bundle up and walk my dog regardless of the weather. I see so many gradual changes in the seasons when I am out in it.

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  4. Thank you all for your comments. I am trying to learn to love winter, but I know I'll be looking for spring.

    Welcome to ZenPresence Jane.

    Dan

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