It’s sad when a good season changes

Posted by on 03.19.10 | 1 Comment
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Winter.  Oh how I needed you this year.  You came at just the right time and wrapped me in a cloak of quiet introspection. 

You fed my mind with A Course In Miracles and The Ethics of What We Eat.  You gave me the time and space to digest them and integrate them and experiment with the changes they called forth.  You brought me red-hot fires and burgundy-colored wines on freezing nights.  You allowed me to sit and stare and wonder.  You brought me home and said, “Here Tania…Here Tania is your kitchen.  Cook something symbiotic.” And I did and I did and I did and I do. 

Thank you, Winter, for our time together….for the taste of the new-found chilies and those wonderful red wine goblets that make everyday wine so special.  Thank you, Winter, for teaching me to sleep again and for bringing my dreams back to me.  Thank you, Winter, for mindful eating and for “exercise like you mean it”.  Thank you for over-stuffed chairs in front of huge south-facing windows and for “cuddle-bunny-boy-dogs” who crawl up in your lap and snuggle with you until your legs fall asleep. 

It was during our time together, Winter, that I got to know the Direction of the North and what a powerful force wind and cold can be for cleansing and repairing.  Thanks to you, my mind, body and emotions are clearer and cleaner and it has become significantly easier to be me and to find balance and hope. 

I am sad to see you go, Dear Winter.  Very sad.  Can’t you please stay for another few months? Do the days really have to get warmer and longer?  Does my garden really have to sprout?  Does my urge to merge into landscapes really have to rise up?  Oh Winter!  I’m not ready to trade the simple act of being for the complicated act of doing!

I worry that my impulse to spring-forward won’t be on que and that my desire to retreat to the blanket you brought me will take over.  But….but….There is a garden that has started to grow all on its’ own and there is a dog to take for walks in landscapes bathed by twilight and there will be sun – glorious sun — to quench the thirst of my parched skin.  Maybe, just maybe, your sister, Spring, will be as good to me as you??

Good-bye, my friend….This year, unlike years past, I will sorely miss you and count the days until you return.  Thank you for your generous Spirit…you leave me more me and for that I am forever grateful. 

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