I. Will Not. Be Complaining. About The Cold This Year. Or Ever Again. From this point forward.
Yep. I said it.
I was introduced last year to the concept of Hygge. (Which I have included an article for your perusal below.) Basically, its a Danish thing where the people purposely engage in creating a cozy and grateful attitude in the cold dark hours of winter. Cuz, you know, Denmark has a lot of cold dark hours of winter. I'm reminded of this picture:
Yea, so that Magical Wonderland of Lights FalalalalalalaLAAAAAA!....That's Hygge. Attention Superman: the christmas lights will be remaining up this year until it reaches 65-degrees outside. Candles. Twinkly Lights. Fireplace. All the Hygge, all the time. Happy Winter Heather Time.
This weekend I went to a free Yoga Basics class at my yoga studio, just to see what it was about. It was a new thing they started. The session's focus was on Yin Yoga taught by my FAVORITE TEACHER, Sally. I love her because she not only leads us through the poses but tells us little nuggets of wisdom from leading Yoga practitioners and facts about how this pose benefits this particular organ, etc. etc. Well, since this yoga class was created for beginners to get an introduction to yoga and able to ask questions, she spoke more about the Yin Practice and its purpose, and I am now YIN YOGA NERD.
So, Yin is characterized by loooooooong poses, held for 3 - 5 minutes, and the purpose is to increase mindfulness of the sensations in your body. Whether it is pleasant or unpleasant (but not painful), the goal is to notice but not react. Stay in place for the duration of the hold and be apart of the experience. Breathe gratitude into that feeling. It is challenging for the mind, and the controversy is some yoga teachers believe that beginners should never start in a Yin class, because it seems easy physically, but isn't. You take yourself to your edge, respectfully, and without judgement of what you're feeling. And stay there. And breathe.
Well, here is my transfer to Hygge. The cold. Is UNPLEASANT. Walking from my car to whatever indoor place I'm supposed to be....UGH.....BLEH.....YUCK........... Welp... I'm not going to complain anymore. I'm going to breathe gratitude into the cold (because I survived to see another winter season), stay in place for the duration of the hold, allow myself to reach my edge, respectfully and without judgement. And breathe. Its unpleasant and that's ok. And an excuse to be cozy and happy and have twinkly lights and candles and read a book with my slippers and two blankets and a dog or two at my feet and enjoy warm beverages with my friends, family, or just by myself.