Chinese medicine characterizes winter as a season for slowing down and replenishing our internal storage of vital energy. What I love about this wisdom is that you do not need to be an acupuncturist or herbalist to understand it; it's simply nature. However, life gets really interesting when this nature meets our typically busy, always-do-more, 21st century lives.
My suggestion? Find a way to make some room for deep stillness and rejuvenating rest. This could mean pausing for a few deep breaths, luxuriating in a hot bath, turning on some slow music, lounging on the couch, and doing absolutely nothing--among other options. Not only are you likely to enjoy this now, but your whole being will thank you for it in spring when things start moving very very fast.
So, with the intention of making some room for winter's nature and bringing balance to body, mind, and spirit, I invite you to join me for two special seasonal offerings: first, the Nourishing Yin Workshop THIS SATURDAY and second--drum roll, please--the Cultivating Presence at the Edge of Winter: Yoga Nidra Retreat. (Registration is now open!).
If you're looking for a gentle and private way to tend specifically to what's showing up in your life this winter, please consider an acupressure session with me. For those wishing for a way that doesn't involve touch or even leaving your home, check out the one-on-one co-meditation sessions (available over phone, web, or in-person).
With wishes for the simple joy of deep stillness,
-- Shira Oz-Sinai
Shira Oz-Sinai is a spiritual teacher trained in iRest® Yoga Nidra meditation and Soul Lightening Acupressure®, two modalities that share the common principle of noticing what arises in awareness as the foundation to living life with ease and in deep and loving friendship with yourself. These are her musings.