We know that winter can be a drag – it’s too long and too cold and too sad – but we’re here to show you how to enjoy the winter with a little help from Mindfulness.
Notice the seasons changing.
Look at the world around you – how has it changed over the last few weeks? Notice the beautiful lines made by the bare branches of a tree, the reflections cast in water now silver and blue where they used to be green and brown. Pay attention to the sounds, from the crispiness of frost under your feet to the shrill singing of robins and blackbirds in bushes, trees and back gardens. See the people – how they draw their coats around them against the chilling air, bundled in scarves and hats and gloves. See also the rebels, wearing only hoodies and jumpers, defiant against the cold skies and the tugging wind, hands shoved deep into pockets and ears tucked below collars.
Enjoy the warmth of a hot drink on a cold day.
Pay attention to how it steams the air, the way the swirling patterns stretch and shimmer as you blow gently across the liquid’s surface. Notice the first, scalding mouthful, how the warmth spreads swiftly though your body, how the surprise of it has made you forget the cold already. Feel the hot cup in your hands and take note of the aromas as you drink and your body warms. Remember to appreciate that feeling of warmth, to savour it as soon the drink shall be gone and the cold will creep in once more. Enjoy the rich colours within the cup and remember to take a deep breath.
Enjoy the darker evenings.
See the lights inside the buildings, from sparkling lines of Christmas bulbs to a simple lamp on a living room table. Let the warmth of that image fill your mind and enjoy the contrast between this and the wintry air. Cozy up in the evenings, lighting candles and enjoying their scents with a huge blanket and your favourite book. Feel the weight of it in your hands as you sit back, quietly aware of the peace filling the room and the little pocket of warmth you have created in the cold of winter.
Remember that with a little mindfulness and due care and attention you will start noticing all the beauty in the world around you. No matter the season, come rain or shine Planet Earth and all the lives it supports are complex and gorgeous in their own way. We need only look for the light.
With love from Team NuNu xx