How are you doing with the end of daylight savings time last Sunday? I know, as I teach in the studio during the evening, it is very noticeably dark. And we had 3 snow storms in October!
As I am currently sitting in Whitefish, Montana (here to teach a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training weekend at sister studio Yoga Hive Montana) it is dark and cold.
Not that long ago, it was extremely difficult for our ancestors to get through the winter. Winter was survival time! So we, the resourceful humans, started to create rituals with light. Leaves off the trees? No problem, we will string them with lights. Time for holiday celebration? Lights on the house, candles in each window. Winter holiday time? Bake! Have friends over for meals and parties. Everyone gathers in the kitchen, the heart of the home, for warm food and love. These rituals offered hope and light in the middle of the darkest season.
As I stare out into the darkness, I light a candle (yes, I bring a candle when I travel as part of my daily meditation ritual) and that brings me to my top tips to get through the darker, colder months. One of my favorite Anne Frank quotes:
Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.
Blaine Wilkes is the owner of Yoga Hive Colorado, and writes inspirational musings for our newsletter, which we post here, along with upcoming trainings and workshops. To filter, navigate using the links above to see the category you're interested in. If you have questions, or wish to get in touch with Blaine, drop in to a class, or connect online: