Thursday, December 29, 2011
If we are not athletic we don't change our cycle; we don't treat a winter's day as anything more than a drearier time of the year. We continue to work, go to school, use our energy up yearning for the sun. We may read an extra book.
But, do we adapt to the cycle of winter? I know I don't. I don't find snow strewn paths to walk. I seldom monitor nature to learn about the dormancy period in it's lifecycle.
Perhaps I could take time to see the rosehips that grow from the spent rose blossoms, or maybe watch the birds that are spending more time at my bird bath after they eaten. There's a definate desire to feel the crackle of the leaves on a pathway......if I would ever do it.
I love to 'pay attention' to the days getting longer, to notice when we have 15 extra minutes of light. It is the season of writing for me. With winter come ideas to develop. This past fall I got what I thought of as a good idea, and I roped the family members that are writers into joining the project.
Then there is my book list; I think there are definate winter books, spring books, sum--you get the idea. My favorite classical winter book is Little Women; it is time for me to pick it up again. But it is also time for me to treat winter as something I could join into -- the walk with nature, maybe a book club. But mostly I think I need to use this dormancy period for what it is: preparation for spring.