Winter Reflection and Gentleness

 
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As the winter winds wind, we’re finding ourselves going more inward, protecting ourselves from the elements, and seeking cozy places to warm our bones. In the depths of this icy, sometimes bitterly cold season, maintaining a sense of presence, warmth and gentleness for our body and spirit can make all the difference in our experience and happiness.

While we all feel the push to constantly be going and doing, seeking and expending, NOW is a beautiful opportunity to slow down, ease into comfy clothes, grab a steaming cup of tea and remember what it is we are seeking in the first place. NOW is a time to gather our energy into ourselves, and reflect on how we’ve used them. We can set intentions for forward movement—what will we sow to reap in the Spring and Summer months? 

This slowing down, relaxing and diving into ourselves is no less important than the acting and the striving.  Remember that to move rapidly without clarity, direction or purpose, we might end up far from our true self and true happiness. 

Ask yourself, “What joy has the past year brought me?” “What fear or shame kept me small and caged?” “What do I need to share and be more open about in my world?” Without clear intention and direction, we become aimless, forgetful of our greatness, and can act out of fear rather than our innate courage and confidence.

Nature looks dead in winter because her life is gathered into her heart. She withers the plant down to the root that she may grow it up again fairer and stronger. ~Hugh Macmillan, "Rejuvenescence," The Ministry of Nature, 1871

 
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Being gentle with our bodies, as well as our spirits, during this time can be some of the more luxurious and relaxing joys of the season. An herbal bath filled with cinnamon, clove and cardamom (a few teaspoons of each herb in a tea bag or tied up cheesecloth, rather than essential oils as they can be harsh on the skin), Epsom salts, and a hydrating oil—apricot is my favorite—allows the body and mind to ease into the day. You’ll find the spices reach bone-deep to enliven and encourage movement when it may be difficult. The salts and oil will loosen the muscles, release the tightness of maintaining the body’s heat, while softening and protecting the skin from the cold and dehydration that Winter inflicts. Maintaining deep inner bodily warmth helps radiate that warmth to other aspects of our lives.

Don’t have a peaceful place to soak at home?

Experience a full herbal body soak in our luxurious Japanese soaking tub. We will create a custom blend of salt, herbs, and tea to leave you feeling grounded, rested, and refreshed. Feed your spirit and sooth your soul with some OSHO love.