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winter wellbeing

today is the shortest day of the year. we are in the very heart of winter and many people feel at a low ebb in these darkest days.

it seems to me that wellbeing is about fostering a deep rapport with ourselves and the world around us. William Morris said “The secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of everyday life.” and ayurveda is rich with everyday detail that can help us through the winter.

getting up a little later, taking an energising yoga practice, nourishing the body with spiced porridge, root vegetable soups and casseroles, wrapping up warmly and spending time outside, lighting candles – all of these small things can help to nourish us and lift our spirits as a direct response to what we feel we need.

yoga also supports us. “yoga is the settling of the mind into silence” (YS I v2) so allow yourself to be present. take time to settle at the end of your practice and whenever it occurs to you during the day, to draw away from your brittle edges towards the still warm centre of singular presence and connection.

There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.  Elizabeth A. Behnke