January stretches ahead of us and it can feel a little daunting!
Do you have the January blues?
Keep inspired and beat the January blues
The prospect of another full year ahead may feel overwhelming and you could be experiencing the January blues.
During these winter months we might spend less time outside in nature.
Yet we can still nurture our sense of belonging and connect with nature in other ways.
Connect with nature
On dim, dark evenings, light a candle (or several) and sit in stillness. Or watch the flicker of flames on an open fire. There can be something quite mesmeric about fire. Let yourself be drawn to it.
- Bring your focus to the sounds of the wind whistling down the chimney.
- Or listen to the rain lashing against the window-pane.
- Look out of your window from the comfort of your home, and watch the trees as their branches bend and ebb.
- Or marvel at the tenacity of the birds at the wind-swept feeder.
As humans, we may sometimes feel fearful of dramatic winter weather and less likely to leave the comfort of our homes. It might feel easy to be overcome by the January blues.
Yet to remind us we have the courage to continue, John O’Donohue writes: ‘For Belonging’
‘ … May you arise each day with a voice of blessing whispering in your heart.
May you find a harmony between your soul and your life.
May the sanctuary of your soul never become haunted.
May you know the eternal longing that lives at the heart of time.
May there be kindness in your gaze when you look within.
May you never place walls between the light and yourself.
May you allow the wild beauty of the invisible world to gather you,
mind you and embrace you in belonging.’
Sustain yourself with your own light. Give yourself time to rest and retreat during these winter months.
Here’s to January and nature’s wild and bleak reminders. And don’t let the January blues get you down.
Yvette Jane – Mindfulness & Meditation Guide