by Megan Amal
Winter is really hitting its stride here in Chicago and as a Floridian, I am looking everywhere for ways to cope. I had heard that this season can be an emotional and physical challenge and am now, in my first Winter, coming to understand why. The sun hides for days at a time, my skin is dry, and my joints ache. Even my Floridian car is strugglin’!
So, here in this Winter Warmth series I will share exercises, activities, ideas, and recipes that are helping me appreciate my first time in seasons. This series will be helpful to other Winter newbies and snow-day veterans alike. Although inspired by the harsh weather in Chicago, this information will be useful to those in more mild climates, and even to those lucky fools back in Florida.
This morning I woke up and chose to breath in some Winter Warmth with a Tai-Chi exercise that I recently learned from the luminous Lin Shook (artistic director of Perceptual Motion, Inc., a Chicago modern dance company). This exercise is both grounding and uplifting. It is a great and simple way to check in with your body and breath.
Check back soon for some more Winter Warmth here on AFO. Next time we will have a recipe for a nourishing and easy to make Winter tea and some gentle movement to open hips that are tight and tired from the cold and from avoiding the cold on the couch.
Thanks for coming!
In solidarity and coziness,
Be honest to yourself about what you want: out of life, to eat, to feel, to do in this world. Honor whatever it is, without judgment. Give yourself whatever it is you need. This is a process that takes time. It is the process of getting to know yourself, getting to know your body – without judgments or assumptions – learning to let all the parts of you be what they are.
Face them, hear them, know them, and find peace in letting them be.
Many of us work against ourselves – denying us pleasure, fulfillment, and fullness. This is no way to find peace. We are working for peace within our bodies and ourselves to reconnect us to our power center. We are learning how to listen to ourselves and honor our needs and desires.
Be kind, be gentle, be love, be open.
Enjoy your body.