Getting Through The Deep, Dark Winter

Deb sitting in front of igloo

Full disclosure, I love winter. I grew up in upstate New York so I’m no stranger to snow, and the crisp, clean air really energizes me. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer — and actually fall and spring, too — but each season for different reasons.

At the same time, I also love hunkering down when the “weather outside is frightful” as the old song goes. Snuggling up with a good book, binge-ing the latest cool Netflix show (Bridgerton, anyone?!), diving into a creative project I’ve been meaning to get to… all perfect home-bound activities.

The trouble, of course, is that we’ve all been doing LOTS of those things already as we close in on almost a year of pandemic-induced hibernation. Not to mention the metaphorical darkness surrounding us in this unimaginably transformative year.

Love the snow, but ready for a little color!

So, while I’m thrilled that I’ve been able to cross-country ski more days this season than any other winter since I moved to NYC 40+ years ago, I’m kinda ready for some greenery and LIGHT, literally and figuratively. And I know a ton of folks who reached that point about 2 feet of snow ago!

Fortunately, regardless of the weather, we’re in that liminal space on the Wheel of the Year, with the Spring Equinox just a little over a month away, when the sun is setting a wee bit later each day. When we truly are beginning to feel a subtle shift in the air, a difference in the winter stillness.

Time to sit and dream

Since ancient times, this mid-winter time has been honored as an opportunity for inspiration, drawing in of breath, sitting still and listening, of purification, of prophecy. You can read more about it in my blog from last year.

As we move through this last “official” month of winter, as we begin to re-imagine life after Covid, how will you prepare for the new possibilities that lie ahead? How will you shake off the baggage from this winter, from this entire YEAR? Hopefully, some of this month’s light-hearted Picks will inspire you to explore new creative paths for yourself and dream new dreams. I’d love to hear about them!