Water is a powerful element. Think about its qualities:
- It is non-resistant: a body of water will not fight against something; it will find a way of moving with it, into it, around it or through it.
- It can move against gravity: the surface tension of water allows it to stick together and through capillary action can move in any direction. Think of water moving through the root system of a tree and up to the leaves.
- It cleanses: water washes away the earth and refreshes whatever it touches.
- It dissolves, erodes and wears down
- It nurtures life
- It has this amazing ability to exist in three states – solid, liquid and gas
- It expands: the molecular structure of water gives it the ability to form a solid structure that takes up more space. This allows ice to float.
In Oriental Philosophy Winter is considered to have the qualities of Water. Think of the above qualities of water. How might they relate to the season of winter for you?
Living in Queensland, Australia we tend to get a milder winter than some. The mornings happen to be crisp, often beautiful and clear with the days sometimes warming up to over 20 degrees. We had an amazingly warm midday only a few days ago at 26 degrees. I was peeling off my jumper which is a bit shock horror for me – I feel the cold and even wear cardigans in summer. So when I think of the season of winter and the qualities of water I am reminded of the need to flow with whatever Mother Nature sends us.
Ensuring that for those frosty moments I have an extra pair of socks, scarf, gloves and beanie when winter turns icy. Then on other days having the ability to peel off the layers of clothing (and having a bag big enough to stash them) when she sends us the big thaw in the middle of the day.
This time of the year reminds me that water gives the quality of life through her nourishing wet goodness and winter gives us the opportunity to embrace her long nights and sleep for longer snuggled under the warmth of the blankets. Taking the time to replenish in winter has positive effects for my mind and body. Winter gives me that opportunity to slow down and appreciate the need to rest. Appreciate that my body needs sunlight and time to refresh.
Winter is a cleansing time. Hopefully during Autumn we have embraced the quality of letting go and then during Winter we can take that next step of going inward, grieve for our lose and then take the time to feel cleansed. Nothing like a good cry to feel refreshed and clean. Emptying ourselves of thoughts, even material items we no longer use or no longer serves a purpose allows the new to enter during the spring. Think of winter as the time to water new thoughts, new ideas, and new dreams. Allow your dreams to expand and float to the top of your mind where you can fertilise and eventually birth it into existence come the next season.
While I look forward to Spring I know embracing the cycle of life right here in winter through the qualities of the Water element is perfection in this season. Take the time to enjoy the moment, see the qualities of water right here in winter and develop that awareness flow still exists even in stillness.