(Author: Jamee Pineda)
In acupuncture school I encountered the analogy of the seasons as the life cycle of a tree. Winter is the seed buried in the earth. It is tiny and seemingly dead. Spring is the seed sprouting and growing upward. In summer it reaches its full growth, producing fruit and seeds. When fall comes, leaves descend, fruit is collected, and seeds are stored.
Winter is the most yin (cold, inward, hidden, dark, still) time of the year. Daylight is precious and our energy conforms to its availability which can be very challenging, i.e. lethargy, low motivation, depression, etc. After revisiting the idea of the tree analogy, the obvious beauty of it dawned on me: winter restores our potential and refreshes us for the coming year. Seeds are nutrient dense and full of potential, enough to break through the soil and sprout, but they need to be tucked into the earth for a while first. That is the energy that I want to sync with this winter.
2016 has brought heartache, despair, and fear. I witness it everyday in my queer, trans, and POC communities and others as well. In light of this we at The Well on Beacon decided to organize a Community Healing Night on Saturday, January 21 from 3-7 pm. Folks pay an entrance fee of $10-50 (no one turned away for lack of funds) and we will be available inside for services. A schedule of services will be released closer to the event.
Wherever and with whomever it is, find safe, dark spaces to be nourished. Prepare. Build that potential. When spring comes, break ground.