The winter darkness

It has been another week of dark grey days with lots of rain and occasional flakes of snow. But it is the dark grey days that I do not like. I need light and warmth in my life in order to function. I started well at the beginning of the week as I was writing a new book then suddenly on Wednesday everything came to a stop. I was feeling depressed again and I am sure it is the dark grey days.

I used my SAD lamp for a short time and it did lift my spirits enough to do a bit more writing. But I shall be really glad when the weather improves. If the sun comes out I immediately feel better as I am sure we all do. Yet the landscape in winter has a beauty all its own. I love the bare trees with their gnarled branches standing out against the sky. I love to watch the birds on the feeder in the garden and see the hazel catkins swaying in the breeze.

We have been lucky where I live unlike many of my friends further north who have had large amounts of snow. Yet I think I would have preferred to see the snow rather than the grey dark rainy days we have had. The snow brings light to the landscape unlike the rain which just seems to wash it out into a greyish mass.

Soon it will be Imbolc, where we welcome Brigid. The snowdrops will be out then bringing their light and joy into our world. I am looking forward to this and to the lengthening days.

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The return of the light

It will soon be the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. After that the days will start to get a bit longer and the dark nights a bit shorter. I am really looking forward to that as I don’t deal with short dark days and long dark nights very well. I need lots of light in order to function.

Many cultures celebrate the return of the light at this time of the year so I like to join them and celebrate too. The return of the light is a very common theme. I wonder how our ancestors felt at this time of the year. Yet although the days will be longer, here in the UK winter is still to come although we have had a frosty snowy week just now. January and February are often the months when we get snow and lots of ice. But we often also get beautiful clear blue skies and lots of sunshine as well.

This last week here has been one of snow, more snow, rain and then ice. There is still some snow lingering on the grass and roads but there is also a lot of ice making it difficult for me to go out and enjoy the local nature reserve. I have missed this but I have enjoyed looking at the photos of those who could get there. The pools were frozen over some days and the ducks and swans went skating.

So I am really looking forward to the return of the light and will be celebrating this as will many others, alone while some will be celebrating in groups. However you celebrate the return of the light I wish you a wonderful day and a good year to come.

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Moving forwards

Moving forwards is how it feels so I hope I really am doing this. I have continued to work with the Reiki precepts this week and also taught my first Reiki student for some years. That was an amazing experience and an emotional one too. I have learned so much more about the Reiki energy and how to work with it over the last few years and I am still learning. I have found some good books about Reiki as a spiritual journey and these have given me many more ideas about deepening my work with Reiki. I feel different too which is good as the difference is for the better.

The weather this week has stopped me from going out a lot but I have been keeping an eye on a young swan on the nearby pond. He was pushed off the nature reserve by two dominant swans and is alone at the pond. He was rather battered when he arrived but there are plenty of us to keep an eye on him as dog walkers go past several times each day. I sent him some Reiki energy too and he has done well this week having moulted all his grey feathers and is now able to fly better. I have let the area round the pond have Reiki energy for some weeks now so that all that visits stays safe.

But the weather is cold, wet and windy here now. The wind has been coming over from Siberia bringing extreme cold air with it. The leaves are falling rapidly from the branches and there is a carpet of gold, red and brown leaves on the ground. I can see houses I didn’t see before as when I moved here the trees were in full leaf. It is going to be interesting watching the changing of the seasons here. I notice that we have more birds on the feeders and the squirrel is busy collecting food and hiding it away somewhere. It is time to stock the larder and find the woolly jumpers and thick socks so I am ready for the winter.

Are you ready for the cold of the winter?

If you work with any form of healing energy do you use it for the land around you?

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Winter landscapes and change

There is something special about the winter landscape especially the trees. So bare but still beautiful and often standing out against the sky. The sun is often shining adding a little bit of warmth this week and the sky can be a clear blue.

It makes me feel hopeful and also happy inside knowing that new growth is on its way and that soon this winter landscape will change as leaves appear on the trees. The morning frost will no longer happen and the beauty that the frost brings will have to wait again until next winter. Change is the way.

Change of course happens all the time but there are many who do not like or want change. But it happens. You have only to look at nature and see this. So why do we try to avoid change in our lives? Without change, our lives can become boring and uneventful. Do you avoid change or do you welcome it?

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Looking after our natural world

It is a foggy icy morning here today. The snow has gone but it is still very cold. The birds are busy eating food from the feeders. There are other small animals around too. Unfortunately one was caught by a local cat the other morning. It was a little shrew which had been hiding in the leaves under one of the bushes keeping warm from the snow. But that is nature I suppose, one animal is food for another one.

However it is up to us to look out for them in the cold weather and make sure there are places for them to hide and food for them to eat.

But the ice shows us the amazing nature of our natural world. The tiny crystals formed by the frost are simply wonderful. No two seem to be the same. I love to look at them all, even the ones on the wheelie bin and the bird feeders. Do you see these and notice how different they are? Do you feed the birds? Do you have ‘homes’ for other small animals and insects in your garden? Seeing our natural world in all its glory makes me feel so much better. Nature is stronger than we are!

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Winter has arrived!

Boxing Day brought the snow. It was thick and fast and covered the ground quickly. But by the next morning it had started to melt. However it soon became very cold again and there is still snow on the ground and on the roofs of the houses. When the sun shines, it glistens and looks beautiful.

I used to love being out in the snow when I was younger but now I am not so happy to be outside in case I fall over. Old bones do not mend so easily as young ones so I have to take more care and stay indoors until the pavements are safe for me to walk on. I am lucky to have a very good friend who will take me to the shops. There are many older people who do not have such friends. Do you check on the elderly living near you to see if they need help when the weather is bad?  Often they may just need someone to talk to. It can be lonely living on your own and the days seem much longer when there is no one to talk to.

In many places there are befriending schemes. I think that these are good for those who live alone whatever age they are but especially for those who cannot get out easily. As a druid, caring for others, especially those who are vulnerable is part of my belief although I am on the other side of this now. I do try to help others when I can. How about you?

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Winter time

It is getting colder. Several mornings this last week the ground has been white with frost. I love to see it even though it keeps me indoors. The delicate frost particles bring a shimmer to everything and glisten in the sun shine. Generally the skies are blue and clear when this happens. This morning though the sky has red streaks in it. Not a good sign I think, red sky in the morning, shepherds warning is the saying. It does look lovely though. Do you notice the sky in the mornings? Or the way the frost glistens?

Last weekend I visited the local Tree Festival. There were over 900 trees and it was a spectacular sight. I have decorated my Yule tree already and this year I have made my home look more festive. I have also started to look back at what I have managed to achieve this year. It has been a difficult year but I am looking forward to the coming months.  Despite the turmoil in the world today, my inner turmoil has decreased and I feel more at peace with myself and my surroundings.

My robin comes to visit every day now; the British robin is smaller than its namesake in the USA. Although the photo is not that good I hope you can see him at the bird feeder.

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