When you live in Canada you are blessed with four seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.
Each of these seasons hold their own magic. Their own symbolism. Winter is symbolic of death, spring is rebirth, summer is growth and autumn is harvest.
Unlike many of my friends and family, winter is my favorite season. For me it is the most peaceful, fresh, inspiring and beautiful season. As an artist the lines of the landscape constantly urge me to draw or paint. The vivid skies and white rolling hills fill me with vitality. The cold air refreshes my tired mind. I like the short days, and coziness of long nights. I like being inside were it is warm, while outside it is cold. I like bundling up and facing the elements every day for a brisk walk. The stars shine brighter, the streets are quieter, and it brings a deep sense of solitude for me.
Perhaps because I am introvert, I enjoy that lonely feeling of having the whole world to myself. Where many people hibernate in the winter, I much prefer to hibernate in the summer and miss the hot hustle and bustle of tourists, parties and overwhelming humidity.
Spring holds a beauty of potential. Trees and flowers begin to bud, the smell of the earth comes alive, and I do love early morning walks listening to the chirping birds. Autumn blazes with colour and this is my favorite season for camping. I am so grateful to live in a place where I can experience every season, every year.
If you are a winter-hater just remember it won’t last forever. Spring will be here soon enough, and the sun is shining longer every day (already)!
Embrace all seasons. Winter challenge: bundle up and get outside every day! Even just 5 minutes you will feel better for it. The fresh winter air fills the body with vitality that lacks indoors in stale recirculated air.
Do a yoga class or some form of activity that inspires or invigorates you.
Or maybe, just rest and wait for spring to renew you.
Peace to all~
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