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Winter Reflection

November 25, 2017

Did you ever notice the way tomatoes taste in the winter? They are as hard as tennis balls, tasteless, and feel like Styrofoam in your mouth. Why? Because they are not in season! We continue to buy them simply because they are available. The movement to buy locally and eat seasonally makes all kinds of sense. But it requires that we tune into nature’s cycles and adjust to the current season.

Back east, where I spent the first 30 years of my life, an occasional rainstorm was welcome and wonderful. We stood at the window and watched it come down. We made tea and curled up under a blanket with a book. The storm passed, the sun came out, and we went back to our normal, dry day activities. Not so in the Pacific Northwest where winter is one long rainstorm. Without plans to escape to warmer climes this winter, I have been bracing myself.

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I recently dug out a piece of inspiration to help me remember to embrace the season instead of bracing against it. In so many words, it reminds me to pay attention to the rhythms of the season, and find a way to appreciate this wonderful, mystical time of year.

Start by eating seasonal foods. There are abundant winter vegetables and buying them means you are eating fresh, locally grown and/or organic produce. Anything else has either been manipulated by technology or shipped a great distance and therefore not fresh. A website I found called cuesa.org offers seasonality charts and recipes using seasonal foods.

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Turn off electronics, turn down the lights and turn inward to reflect on your dreams and wishes for the coming year. Formulate resolutions that will enable you, like your garden, to flower and grow come spring. Discover the immense capacity we all have for turning dark into light, bad into good, and for starting anew with a fresh approach.

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(photo by Julia Hopkins)

Often in nature something has to die in order for something else to be born. Something has to end in order for there to be a beginning. Which is why it is important to recognize that the tough times you experience, the darkness in your life, is directly connected to the goodness and light that is to come.

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Celebrate the season! There is so much to be thankful for! Decorate your home, string lights to counteract the dark. Share seasonal meals with family and friends.

But don’t forget to occasionally step away from the frenzy of the holidays. To notice winter’s natural beauty, to grow quiet and become aware of the life that is taking root underground and inside of us. We have the ability to discover the balance and growth naturally occurring within us as we prepare for the light that is sure to come.

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4 Comments
  1. jenngeist permalink

    It’s as if you wrote this to me. It’s lovely- you should write for Daily Om! Oh, and we are still eating local tomatoes:))))) Definitely a highlight of life in Spain.

  2. Mariah Rose permalink

    I totally agree with you! Winter is my 2nd favorite season, next to Fall. I love to slow down, go inward, read, cozy up by candles and fire, and also enjoy the cleansing rain and peaceful snow! Love homemade soups, chili and hearty breads too! Each season has it’s own beauty and offerings!

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