I looked at this tree the other day as I sat and ate my lunch. It made me ponder and reflect: I think people have an aversion to winter symbolically in addition to the physical coping with weather changes, drops in temperature and increase in rain. People often complaining that they don’t like Winter, when maybe they don’t like looking past the surface and exterior of their lives. Looking at what is their truth and being, when the quiet and potential solitude is available.
As the leaves fall and the tree is stripped bare it asks you to embrace the unknowing. Nature and Mother Gaia put forward to us to trust in the seasons. To have faith that the circle will turn, the cycle progresses and that eventually the darkness of winter will reveal the light and harvest of the seeds planted during the depths of the long nights. That again life will flourish and shine brightly in Spring.
This highlights an affirmation of the need to allow each cycle it’s fullness.
We, as a society, as each participating person in this human experience also must trust and have faith. That although bare, although pushed to our limit or staring harshly at the dark corners of our souls that have been illuminated from the “turning in” that winter affords us; we will as time moves forward feel the sun on our face once again, see the leaves in abundance blanketing the branches and recreating a reflection of the fertile ground and the hope filled space that we always want to truly believe in and depend upon.
Don’t be opposed to Winter. Try not to wish it away. Allow yourself that space of vulnerability just as the branches expose themselves to weathering conditions. Your roots will get stronger in your being as you receive the gifts winter has to bring physically, emotionally and metaphorically.