Becoming Your Winter Self


As we enter the winter juncture period before the season begins, have you noticed any changes in your body?  Whether your nature thrives during the winter season or not, what is happening to the condition of your hair, skin, and energy level?

Over the last few years, the process of watching how the nature of my mind and body shift and change with each season has fascinated me.   By tapping into this awareness, I have felt more supported than ever during the changes.  Instead of feeling like the weather happens to me, I have adjusted to noticing that the changes in my environment happen along with my own changes.

This year I offered the idea of walking in the boots of one of my favorite artists. It has greatly helped me navigate the altered light and landscape.  An additional image that came up by chance in a recent class was that of transforming into our winter selves, like becoming a winter tree.  Trees lose their leaves, shed the visual tones of vitality, and even become more fragile with the blasts of cold and wind.  With less sunlight, our own hair, skin, and nails get weaker and we tend to spend more time indoors to keep out of the colder elements. Yet winter trees do not die.  Like the silent winter forest under a deep blanket of snow, we can get quiet and reflective.  After the season ahead, the winter trees will only come back bigger and stronger in the Spring.  And so will we.

Our synchronicity with nature offers a special purpose and wisdom: such change around us can be trusted.  In the winter, surrendering to this trust brings us space to observe and connect.

– TaraMarie Perri

5 Responses to “Becoming Your Winter Self”
  1. Traci says:

    I was just having a conversation with someone recently about how much he enjoys the cold. He said it enlivens him and makes him feel recharged. For me, I grew up in Ohio but my family and I relocated to Florida to escape the cold. I am the type of person who connects more to a warmer climate and I happen to love humidity. In the winter my face dries out, my lips are chapped, my nails chip off very easily and my hands crack and bleed no matter how much moisturizer I put on! I also love doing outdoor activities but in the winter my bones feel just as brittle as nails and I can never quite feel comfortable. Does this have to do with the three types of doshas? I have been trying to find more info on this since Maggie mentioned this in class on Friday.

  2. CallieRitter says:

    Knowing this line is really important and helpful, “Our synchronicity with nature offers a special purpose and wisdom: such change around us can be trusted.”

    The cold takes an adjustment, but when I learn how to dress for the weather and truly understand its elements, I can relax into the cold- sort of match it. I’m at peace with it instead of fighting it; I feel much warmer and comforted with it being on my side.

  3. Brianna Goodman says:

    “Like the silent winter forest under a deep blanket of snow, we can get quiet and reflective.” I love this… sometimes winter can feel a bit like a battle (me and my puffy jacket versus cold air and harsh winds), and this softer, calmer side of winter is nice to keep in mind. During the warmer months staying in my apartment even for a few hours makes me feel uneasy (I’m not doing enough, there are places I should be, people I should be seeing, etc.). But during the winter, the colder weather allows me to excuse myself, and grant myself the opportunity to spend time reading under the covers. The winter air–devoid of the melting-garbage smell that characterizes summer in the city–can feel fresh at times, and even a bit cleansing. I’m definitely partial to warmer weather (Traci my hands bleed in the cold as well, I have to force myself to wear gloves every time I leave my apt!), and I think summer in NYC is a lot of fun, but thinking of winter as a time for peaceful reflection makes the season less intimidating. Not to mention I’m a winter baby, so I have to have a little love for my birthday month 😉

  4. Jonathan Matthews says:

    I think this super duper interesting especially in this year when I feel, more than I’ve experienced before, the weather has been showing a hesitance to make its full shift into “winter,” or at least what we expect of winter. I recall my finals week being bitterly cold with slush and snow, and then the day I flew home, New York was strangely at 60 degrees. Here in Memphis, it teeters constantly between kinda sorta chilly and frigid…or almost springish. I feel this can be looked at in two ways: that this winter is somehow defective and is not happening correctly, or that while, indeed, winter is upon us, its essence is present in subtler ways such that it need not its facade of consistent cold air and snowy landscapes…I prefer the latter. Just as we can set high standards for ourselves, I often sense this notion of interacting with nature in the same idea of expectation and standards…a discomfort and unease results when a season is not manifested in a regular pattern just as we get disappointed if we fail to get all of our to do’s for one day complete. I think it offers a wonderful opportunity to try to capture the most reductive form of our experiences and appreciating what deep down makes them unlike any other…what is this season other than its temperature? what about the transition from autumn into winter is different than the transition into any other season other than having to wear coats? How do we experience all of this and if it doesn’t go according to plan, where does our response to that surprise come from and what does it say about us (aside from climate change…)?

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