You wouldn’t know it with all the snow that fell here yesterday, but we have left the dark nights of winter behind us and have entered into the sunny days of spring.
Starting around the Autumn Equinox, I begin to shift my focus to inner work, past life and ancestor work, and will do a deep dive into learning something new since I will be spending more time indoors throughout the cold winter season. The universe isn’t always force and action, so I’m OK with slowing things down a bit and being more of an armchair occultist, provided I take what I learn during this time and put it into action when the energies shift, as they do at this time.
Winter can be a hard time for some people. The lack of sunlight, the inaction and reduced sociability can affect people in negative ways. It’s easy to go stir crazy when you’re stuck indoors for days on end because of inclement weather, and you feel like you’ve run out of things to do. That’s why, in my opinion, it’s so important to work on the self and to learn something new.
Firstly, it gives you something to do. The newness of the thing helps to keep you engaged, and the inner work allows you to check in with yourself on a regular basis. By paying attention to you helps to avoid falling into a midwinter funk.
Now is the time of balance between light and dark, with light on the increase. This is the time when we normally begin to come out of hibernation, and take what we have gained over the course of the winter and put it into action. However, with the current pandemic and related response (social distancing, self-isolation, etc.), the natural balance within our ourselves will be impacted.
Your well being is top priority right now. It’s one thing to hibernate and slow down as a natural response to seasonal change, it’s quite another when it’s being imposed upon you, especially during a season of action after such a long winter.
Keep up with that inner work, keep learning something new. If you’ve lamented that you’ve never been able to stick to a daily spiritual practice, now is the time. Willpower to do a thing doesn’t manifest first. It comes from the act of doing. So start that daily practice, and you will quickly discover not only how easy it is to keep up, but how much you want to keep it up. Eventually when life returns to normal, you will find that you are in fact able to keep it up in a busy world.
Check in with friends and family via the telephone, skype, social media. Get creative on these platforms with how you interact with others. Game night can easily be done online. Binge your favourite shows while skyping with others doing the same.
These engaging activities will assist in your mental well being.
I know that now is a time of selflessness and sacrifice, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of your mental health. It’s OK to say ‘I need’. We all need something to help keep us sane, and as long as it can be done under our current social restrictions, and doesn’t pose a threat to the health of others, these needs should be explored.
Oh, and one more thing…it’s totally OK to lock yourself in the bathroom and sit on the toilet and just breathe!