Happy 2nd Pandemic Holidays…
I hope this finds you not too overwhelmed and frazzled about the year end. May you have ease in your final exams, may you smoothly wrap up the end of your year, may you not get too swept up in the mindless consumerism of the season and may you marvel in the many other cultural traditions that happen at this time of year aside from Christmas.
As we descend into the deep folds of the winter season, we take this dark, heavy, yin season to rest, reflect and concentrate our energies and resources in future preparation for spring. This is the ideal time to consume cooked, warm, nourishing foods that “stick to your bones”, keep your feet warm and soak yourself in hot baths. With darkness coming earlier, go to bed earlier, much like the natural world tucked into the long sleep of hibernation.
According to the classic texts of The Huang Di Nei Jing (“The Inner Classic of the Yellow Emperor”), contains some of the oldest teachings about winter:
“During the Winter months all things in nature wither, hide, return home, and enter a resting period, just as lakes and rives freeze and snow falls. This is a time when yin dominates yang. Therefore one should refrain from overusing the yang energy. Retire early and get up with the sunrise, which is later in Winter. Desires and mental activity should be kept quiet and subdued, as if keeping a happy secret. Stay warm, avoid the cold, and keep the skin covered. Avoid sweating. The theory of the Winter season is one of conservation and storage. Without such practice the result will be injury to the Kidney energy. This will cause weakness, shrinking of muscles, and coldness; then the body loses its ability to open and move about in the Spring.”
This month’s care package contains a selection of glimpses into other parts of the world through radio and film, a luminous soundtrack to practice hygge to, some meaningful holiday gift suggestions, a nourishing collection of soups and some important resources for our street community if you happen upon anyone in need this month.
We wish you plentiful warm drinks, quiet downtime with fascinating books, swaddling your feet in wool socks, meaningful holiday celebrations with your chosen family and to treat those you love with valuable experiences and not too many material things.
“Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.”