It’s so cold here in New York right now that this may sound crazy, but I really love the winter.
I love the still beauty of the season; wearing lots of layers to get my warmth “just right;” a hot drink after an invigorating walk.
And just think how great it is to enjoy comfort food without guilt – macaroni & cheese, anyone?
This is the most Yin time of year in the northern hemisphere. Yin energy reaches its zenith (or is that nadir?) at the moment of the solstice on December 21; in that instant the cycle turns back towards Yang as the days begin to lengthen.
In Feng Shui winter is the season of the Water element, associated with our Life’s Journey.
Because it has two types of qualities, moving and still, Water is a wonderfully complex element that gives us much to think about during the long nights of winter.
Still water symbolizes the courage we draw upon to deal with the ups and downs of life.
It’s no coincidence that Feng Shui associates winter with the qualities of still Water: clear and deep, restorative and quiet, reflective and insightful.
Moving water can be seen in the dynamic flow of rivers and streams. It connects us with others and carries us on our journey through life.
Moving water is frequently associated with business networking and cash flow, so it has come to be called the “Career” element (the Bagua area that’s located front and center in your home or office).
All these qualities come together in one more fascinating characteristic of Water: it is associated with our sense of hearing. When Water is still, we listen for truth and insight; when it is moving, we listen for opportunities.
Does all this seem confusing? The simplest way to think of it is that winter, with its marvelous range of Water qualities, gives you a special opportunity to get in touch with the rhythms of nature.
Emulating the qualities of still Water, use this time to feather your nest, settle in and hibernate a bit.
And following the precepts of moving Water, connect with your community of friends and colleagues, exercising your listening and communication skills.
When spring returns you’ll be ready for the rush of growth and activity it brings.