I’ve been looking at the five elements, the principles of Chinese Medicine, to understand how to do winter if it’s not a doing time.
In 5E theory the colour associated with Winter is black. It’s a dark time. So if we’re in the dark doing is impossible because our sight is gone, so we must navigate the world by “feeling.” Though this feeling isn’t from our emotions, another way to describe this feeling is sensing.
So winter is perfect time to develop these senses, listen to your gut feeling more and more, develop your intuitive nature.
If you’re in the dark then you need to explore. If you’re in the dark nothing will be straight and forcing it to be so, it’s against nature.
The question, if you have to “do” anything at all this winter (which I know we all do) it’s not a matter of doing but how you do it. As my yoga teacher says, “how you move matters.”
The sense organ in Chinese Medicine associated with Winter (and intuition) are the ears, So another way to describe this feeling or sensing is listening.
The act of developing intuition is the act of listening before you act.
So as we go through this time, how can you listen more to yourself and what you want?
When we practice intuition we are healed.
An obvious example in my life is my yoga practice.
It feels so uphill and difficult for me to stick to any sort of routine but I need to keep my daily yoga practice in order to feel sane. So what do I do? I have an allotted time in which I do whatever I want, whatever I feel my body needs. If my body craves something more intense, we do intense. If it wants something slow, we go slow. If it wants five minutes, we’re going to have five minutes. For me it’s the turning up and listening that counts, not the forced discipline.
And perhaps even listen to how something wants to be done before you do it 😉 It might be a better way to winter.
Photo by Aaron Burden