Thursday, October 25, 2007

This'll Get Us Through Winter

So, I had this zen phase last winter during a mental breakdown, during which I subscribed to "The Daily Om." They send you cheesy zen articles (such as this one) which are awesome. I know several of us suffer from SAD, but we don't have to! All we have to do is "Keep the Sun Inside" like the article says.

Power, Beauty, And Warmth: Keeping The Sun Inside

Anyone who has endured a long, dark winter can attest to the power the sun has to both invigorate and relax body, mind, and soul. It can be daunting to begin the months of fall and winter, knowing that we may not see as much of the beautiful sun for quite some time. But it is important to remember that even during the darker days of fall and winter, the sun is still there shining, as beautiful as ever. Just because it is hidden behind clouds or setting early in our part of the world, does not mean that we cannot access its power, beauty, and warmth.

One way to do this is to find a warm spot in our house where we can sit or lie down in peace. Closing our eyes, we imagine that it is a very warm summer day and that the sun is shining on us, allowing it to warm our body. We may feel as if a small sun has taken up residence in the area of our solar plexus or our heart.

If you live in a part of the world that loses a lot of light in the winter, you might want to do this exercise each night before retiring. You could also do it at the beginning of each day, giving yourself a chance to plug into that great source of energy. Keeping the sun inside of you when you are missing it on the outside is a way to say hello to the sun and let it warm your soul.

9 comments:

Sarah said...

I want to write articles like that for publications like that. I think it will cure me of my winter depression.

Meghan said...

My apartment is a cave, so I'm going to try writing in first person plural to keep the sun in. We think this is a good plan. ommmm.

Kathy said...

that article made me want to punch my computer screen. stop that.

Megan said...

kathy, you're not letting the sun into your heart if you want to punch your computer screen. let the sun in! feel that solar plexus glowing...

Sarah said...

I'm going to make Kathy sit in the middle of the conference table and think about the sun for 20 minutes.

Meghan said...

I really want a lite brite. Not that stupid cube they're making today, but the cool 70's ones we used to have with activity sheets that will help us to design a sun and build a new life.

Sarah said...

I have one! But all of the activity sheets are used up.

Kathy said...

you guys, the activity sheets were just pieces of black construction paper weren't they? wait, maybe that's just what my mom told me so she didn't have to buy real activity sheets...

Sarah said...

Your mom is a liar. They were outlines of children with puppies and unicorns in front of houses with enough rooms for every child to have her own.