“Desires are many and one leads to another.
Do you have to follow and please each one? No.
Relate to the desires that serve your peace.”
– Bhuvaneswari Devi
It’s a rather frigid -17 degrees today in Ottawa. For Canadians, this time of year can be an especially challenging time, with many people are suffering from seasonal depression, moodiness or anxiety. Have you noticed lately any changes in your emotions, energy or sleep patterns?
The common imbalances at this time of year are in earth/water (or kapha dosha, including lethargy, depression, weight gain, congestion) or those of air/ether (or vata dosha, including anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, fear, mental overactivity or feeling scattered). Which do you notice more of in yourself?
I was chatting last week with a man from the Middle East who said his wife hibernates all winter, and then gets very depressed! He was asking me what he could do to help her.
One of the easiest and least expensive ways to help yourself this season is to make sure you are getting a daily dose of sunshine. Just 20 minutes in the sun each day between 11 am – 2 pm (in the Canadian winter, when the sun is at it’s highest) can help improve your immunity, increase your energy levels and help you to maintain a positive outlook. The Book of Taste also recommends certain foods (such as flax oil and spinach) to help your body adapt to the lower doses of vitamin D available at this time of year.
Of course, those of us fortunate enough to do so might also be planning a trip south over the coming weeks. I have been especially fortunate this year, having just returned from my trip in the Galapagos (which I have written a little article about called the Adam and Eve of the Galapagos Islands, which includes a few pics) and now leaving next week for Kerala, India, to deepen my studies in meditation and ayurveda. In the meantime, I will be working hard on my Canadian tan a.k.a getting out for a good daily lunch hour walk!
May this week find you centered, brave and cool with whatever life brings to you.