Updated: Mar 23, 2021
I have always looked forward to the month of January in Canada, as the winds of the North escalate and temperatures drop to below zero. The earth is frozen, the air cold, the sun has left us temporarily as bare branches stand silent against a bleak canvas of grey and muted skies. As we move through Winter Solstice, the long, cold and dark days are ahead of us with seemingly no end in site. This is the time to hibernate, regenerate and to renew as I visualize spring in the not so distant future, while gathering energy for clearing and cleaning out closets.
January, in all its bareness, is a month to deepen my practice in meditation, pranayama and yoga while cleansing the body and ridding oneself from the sweet and heavy indulgences of the holiday season and allowing deeper examination or observation of one's own mental and emotional processes. It is a time for shedding of bad habits and negative feelings and an embracing of hope amid darkness as the days once again begin to grow longer.