Wishing the winter away makes time our adversary.
The daylight is short and the darkness is long. Everything takes just that little bit more effort, from layering on the clothes to getting out the door. We know spring is coming, but the winter blues are a reality for many of us.
Wishing the winter away puts us out of sorts with the present moment, making time our adversary.
When I think back to the winters I remember feeling best, they are the years when I was training for a spring half marathon. I had my training plan and an ambitious goal. I had to move my feet.
It wasn’t just about the movement. The pounding of my feet on the earth was grounding. Contending with Mother Nature, I felt powerful. I would savor a hot tea and reflect in the warm bakery, waiting for my partner to finish his longer marathon run. I was proud to be “one of those crazy runners,” out in the rain, sleet or snow.
Looking back I see that the shift in my energy was always about more than the run. The intermingling of the routine of the run, the ritual of the tea and scone, and the reward of a stronger body and connected relationship made the difference. The beauty and the wisdom is that we can combine these elements and keep the winter blues at bay.
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