During this transitional time between Fall and Winter, the weather gets steadily colder and darkness falls earlier in the evening. Many people are greatly affected by the cold and often dreary weather, and the changing pattern of daylight and darkness, often called the “winter blues.”
Nature’s transitions throw many of us off balance. We find ourselves feeling blue or struggling with a cold, flu, or stomach virus. But isn’t it interesting that Nature’s creatures are able to easily flow with whatever Nature may bring? Animals sense the weather changing and begin their winter preparations. Flowers and trees go dormant and lose their leaves in order to conserve energy for the colder months. If trees didn’t lose their leaves, imagine what might happen during the first heavy snowfall.
Nature knows. Follow its patterns.
Becoming one with Nature allows us to flow in harmony with its changes and seasonal shifts.
Follow these tips to make a smooth transition into winter:
Tip #1: Be Peaceful:
You are part of Nature. Everything that happens in Nature also affects you. As the time changes, weather gets cooler, and nighttime falls earlier, spend your time resting and being peaceful. Let go of your worries and allow your mind and body to deeply rest.
Tip #2: Meditate or Practice:
Every day over the next few weeks, sit in quiet meditation or hold the Qigong posture, The Dragon Stands Between Heaven and Earth. Doing so will help you connect with infinite Universal Qi. You never know what messages are being sent and what “information” you will receive.
Tip #3: Be Observant:
Watch the animals. Notice how their patterns begin to change. Are birds chirping louder than usual or is Nature suddenly quiet? How do the plants and animals adjust to seasonal changes? Remember, we are all energy beings—infinitely connected to Nature and all living beings.
Tip #4: Eat and Think for Healing:
Treat your body right! Start by feeding it warm, loving foods and healing thoughts. On a lower level, you are what you eat. But on a higher level, you are what you think.
Tip #5: Bundle Up and Get Outside:
On the next sunny day, bundle up and get outside. Let the sun shine on your face. Absorb all of Nature’s goodness and notice how her creatures are enjoying the warm sunshine, too.
Tip #6: Change Your Perspective:
If you think of winter weather as miserable, you’ll feel miserable! Look for the good in every moment. Dance in the snowflakes, sled down the hill, take a turn around the ice rink, and if you can, get outside with your camera! Capturing the beauty in a snowy day, even just in your own backyard, makes the season feel magical.
Grand Master Lu holds four seasonal programs throughout the year to help you transition—body, mind and spirit—into the coming season. Keep an eye out for our warming, Qi-enhancing winter journey, which will begin in the new year.