is to the butterfly…
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The winter season should be our time to wrap ourselves up and catch up from the constant movement of Spring, Summer, and Fall. Winter is our cocoon, our time to hibernate; in each our own way. Winter can often be looked upon as very bleak, negative and dark… but I believe there is knowledge and understanding in darkness and Winter always has a lesson to teach us.
In ancient times, Winter is when the people stored food, hunted, and conserved to survive. They all drew inside and rarely ventured out for the harsh weathers outside. To pass the idle time away people would hone their skills, practice their craft, tell stories, build friendships, ponder about life… Winter became a time of reflection and drawing inward. I believe this is an important lesson that Winter teaches. Its almost like a forced break.
Today, there are so many conveniences and modern technologies that keep the human being going that Winter is no longer a restful time, it is just more time to keep moving and going. We keep working, keep stressing, and never stop. It seems harder and harder to find any real time to be idle and rest. Modern day American, there is no such thing as having real down time and you come back from a vacation more tired than when you left.
I find Winter’s lesson needs to be reaffirmed and put back into practice, at the very least for myself, and it doesn't have to be during Winter. Winter is just the metaphor I am using, since it is the season that has helped me remember to rest, reflect, and draw inward. There is so much healing by learning to “cocoon” or “hibernate” for a time so that we may rest our bodies, minds, and souls; rejuvenate and recharge our batteries.
After real rest is achieved, you will know when the time is right to unwrap yourself from your cocoon and fly to new and greater heights. :)
By Chol Romero