The Winter Season
December, the end of the year, the last month of the year. December is the season of winter, cold, cloudiness, and snow. It can be so peaceful and beautiful. There is a kingdom of white: the snow covers the mountains, trees, houses, and streets with white. Some pitta types enjoy this season with lots of activity such as skiing. But, in general, in the winter, people do not go outside very much. They love to stay more inside and sit near a fire, bundled up with a blanket or sweater, drinking a hot drink and watching the beautiful snow outside through the window. Pitta people definitely love the winter season; they aren’t likely to overheat. Vata people bundle up with a blanket, sit near the fire, and enjoy a cup of hot coffee or chocolate. Kapha types love the sweet treats of the season and watching the snow fall outside.
So this is a time of less activity, a time to go within and see your own reflection. It is also the season of Christmas; a wonderful event with a Christmas tree, gifts, sweets, and people coming together, friends and family gather. However, it can be an emotional time when you meet together
as a whole family. All one’s old issues come up. For some people, December can be a period of sorrow, grief and lots of other emotions. In the northern parts of the world, it is so cloudy and the nighttime hours are so long, that there is almost no sunlight in the winter. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is common and people feel depressed.
To people whose childhood was very happy, they enjoy the winter. But if one’s childhood was sad or unhappy, those memories pop-up when looking at the winter or a Christmas tree. A Christmas tree is beautiful and it brings up childhood memories, which unfold the past. If the past was good, we love it. If the past was sad, it becomes bitter.
Every season has both a beautiful aspect and a sad one. Ayurveda says to flow with the season and decrease your outgoing activity somewhat. Breathe quietly through those memories, watch them flower and dissolve. Go inside, be calm, be quiet, and see your own reflection.
~ Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc