Summer time is FUN. Tank-tops for all, and throw in some healthy vitamin D while you’re at it! What about winter though? Some people enjoy the brisk chill of the winter, but honestly come on, how many of us really enjoy being cold? It’s the time of year where the elements of weather cause us to reflect on the internal environment of our consciousness. Outside the leaves are falling, its beginning to look a lot like Yule, wait that’s not how the song goes!
The changing of seasons is a material representation of the fluctuations of our own internal changes (evolution/adaptation). The birds fly south during this time of year, while the bats and bears hibernate to survive the cold. Humans don’t hibernate and while the wealthy can afford to fly to warmer climates, a majority of us don’t vacation for the entire winter. We’re in this nuanced state where living with the cold has become a chore, but does it have to be?
We have changed our nature, by transforming the winter solstice into a holiday of consumption. The squirrels have stored their nuts, and we have stored our presents. I’ll admit it, I enjoy the stories of Santa + the Nativity + Hanukah + Yule, and I do try to incorporate all traditions into my personal celebration of winter. I feel like that’s where the 2000’s took a misstep, in order to be politically correct we’ve stamped * X-mas* over the holiday season. This year I want to hear about how someone’s Yule went, or Christmas, or Hanukah!
What the cold awakens is an appreciation for life. We see a vast eradication of life (from the plant world) during the winter. It has set the stage for a beautiful renewal of life, every spring is more beautiful than the last. The shunning of cold puts us at a disadvantage, how can we see an internal change of renewed consciousness if we are braced against discomfort? So I encourage you all to light up a jolly joint, and start asking people what their celebrating! Go outside and see the cold beauty of the world, perhaps it is there where the answer lies for any internal questions that are hibernating for the winter.
I know what the cold has awoken for me, but what does the cold awaken for you?