You don't need it, and you can certainly give it to yourself. But if it helps to hear it from outside yourself: You have permission to slow the F down during winter.
In this time, days are short, nights are long, temperatures are cold. Stars shine bright in the lingering dark skies and mugs are filled with hot tea (milk and honey too, if you please). It’s the time when nature slows her pace to an imperceptible crawl towards spring. She withdraws her buoyant energy to conserve resources and grow the sugary sap that is to be life for the bright seasons ahead. Animals hibernate, slowing their breathing and deeply sleeping for months. Trees, bare since late fall, stand stark against the bright blue winter horizon dreaming of their slowly growing buds.
All, it seems, has slowed down to deeply rest.
But what about us? In this season of winter, how are we using our energy?
Culturally, this is a time of go and go and go and go some more to shop, cook and show up at dinners, holidays and celebrations.
I'm not talking about what culture wants though, I'm talking about what your body wants right now, as we’ve just entered winter.
If you really listen to her, and I mean really, what is she telling you right now?
How much rest does she need, how much of what kind of food and water, how much quiet and how much daydreaming?
If you haven’t asked until now, your innocent body will forgive you and willingly share what is needed. She adores it when you listen to her. There is much to be heard in the subtleties of her language.
This is an invitation to you.
Come on in to winter. Slow down. Ask your body what she needs. And then give it to her.
I wish for you, in this new year, to have a rich and loving relationship with your body. She IS you, she is a reflection of you, and she is what wraps you up into being a human on this planet.