Last week, several of my private clients mentioned challenges with the time change, colder weather and less hours of light. I love hibernation season, snowy days and the quiet of the night.
And, I know I tend to be in the minority. So I shared with them and would love to share with you my practices for embracing that which challenges me when we enter summer – the season of relentless activity, heat and bright light. You may then apply this to entering winter if that’s challenging for you.
Two of my favorite things about winter:
gorgeous cloud formations and more time with the moon!
If you’re less than thrilled as we change seasons now, would you be willing to shift your focus? When I realized I did not want to spend a quarter of my life in sweating misery, I decided to commit to focusing on several things I love in the summer. I got up before the sun to enjoy the coolest time of day. I spent many hot afternoons on a blanket under a tree in the park. I took drives in the mountains and waded in the river. I enjoyed many jazz concerts in the park. I ate lots of sorbet and ice cream.
What could you focus on as we enter into winter?
- The simple, raw beauty of a tree without leaves?
- Bundling up for a brisk walk or jog?
- The brilliant moon?
- Skiing or snowboarding?
- Taking a drive around town to enjoy Christmas lights?
- The amazing clouds?
- Pumpkin spiced lattes?
- Catching up on your reading?
- Learning a craft – quilting, wood carving, knitting?
- Building a snowman?
- Getting more sleep?
- Enjoying the sun on a lunchtime walk?
- Joining a friend for a snowmobiling expedition?
Post your thoughts and experiences with shifting your focus in the comments section.