Hi everyone! I am so happy to feel Mother Nature at work changing the seasons! YAY, spring is here! I think most of you know how much I dislike being cold, and in fact, it is one of the reasons that Danny and I chose to move to California. But, as often as it is beautiful in California, I still feel the cold of winter here, and I find myself sitting under my big, winter duvet, pining for spring to arrive.
I need to remind myself that it’s time to change my marinade, and let the colder, more intense feelings of winter go! With spring comes my opportunity to change my own scenery – like moving away from the wintery, heavy, stew-types of meals that Danny makes for me to lighter, salad-types of meals which I like to make. It’s like I am releasing the heavy, protective layers of winter coverings, and can now adopt the airy, spring atmosphere as a fresh chance to start over. I’m aware of the intense, heavy, almost protective atmosphere that winter brings to me physically and emotionally, but at the same time I’m happy to be able to change my marinade to one that feels light, fresh, and full of new choices for me.
I know that a lot of you too feel this way since empaths often feel the weight of winter when there are colder days and less sunlight. But I am always happy to remind you (and myself) that even those winter months give us an opportunity to reflect and learn from the marinade we create around ourselves. I have friends who really love winter sports, and love wrapping up in lush wool sweaters with their ski boots; they feel the marinade as one of pleasure. I can see how they do that, and while I certainly don’t feel it the way they do, I understand it. Their winter marinade is full of joy because that’s the way they see it, and it’s what they focus on. This attitude is a good reminder that we add ingredients to our own marinades, and we can make the changes we need to be as comfortable as we choose.
I’m so thankful for the reflective time that winter has given me, especially as it gave me the time to begin recharging myself from burnout. I’ve been wrapped up in my winter duvet of self-love. And now it’s time to change my heavy winter duvet for something lighter and fresher as I continue to recharge myself with a new spring marinade. As they say, “out with the old and in with the new”! I hope you can join me in creating a new marinade with the change of seasons!