Winter BalancePosted: February 7, 2014 Filed under: Meditation, Yoga | Tags: blogging, compassion, cycling, exercise, family, fitness, free range, freshly pressed, friends, gluten free, Gravel Grinder, happiness, health, hipster, life, love, lululemon, marathon, meditation, Mindfulness, motivation, musings, natural, nature, nebraska, Omaha, paleo, passion, perspective, pilates, recovery, running, snow, trail running, weather, whole foods, winter, WOD, yoga, Zen 13 Comments
What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness–
Its early on a Sunday morning in Eastern Nebraska. The temperature is below zero and bone-chilling. The moon, still glowing, casts a pale and cold shadow upon the newly fallen snow. The last light of distant stars sparkle brilliantly, dancing as the world is still, and glistening.
I bring my cold hands to heart – centre, my palms pressing actively together to bring warmth and presence, the tips of my numb thumbs pressing into my layered sternum. On a deep inhale, I raise my arms in a gentle sweeping motion, turning my palms outward toward the sparkling sky … Balancing myself before starting off on an aimless ride to nowhere in particular.
Cycling (any outdoor activity) during the long Winter months is purely about finding balance, flow and our true selves. Cycling early on a cold winter morning, encourages me to look mindfully into the furtive places of my mind, from which I can view information from my past, this cold moment – slowly and gracefully.
Be well this weekend and please take care!
Thank you for the reminder. And the bright, colorful, and very extraordinary “sun dog” of earlier this week would never happen had it not been bone chilling cold. 🙂
Awesome! I hope you guys have a great weekend. 🙂
You too! We are having a boat flipping party tonight. 🙂
what a gorgeous pic!
I’m glad you enjoyed it! Take care and I hope you have a beautiful weekend. 🙂
I have no clue what below 0 feels like (the pacific nw never gets that cold)! Love this post – especially that second paragraph. I always need gentle reminders to slow down and take it all in!
As much as I complain about the cold weather, something about getting outside, slowing down, and accepting the moment for what it is … Really speaks to me. Its getting outside to play during the winter months, that’s the hard part. 😉 I sincerely hope you and your family are doing well, take care and have a fantastic weekend!
Wow..that’s even colder than Colorado!!
You and I have had the pleasure in the past to talk about our travels around the world, I would like to add that the coldest climate I have had the opportunity to be in? Is right outside my back door! Cold, unrelenting wind bathing the plains with biting winds – Welcome to the Midwest. 🙂
So you suggested I would love Nebraska. Perhaps it would be best for me to visit it in the late spring/early summer or fall 🙂
You haven’t been in Mars 😉
The photo is stunning, we don’t experience snow unless we head up to the mountains, the closest to us being a 2 hour drive away. Not my favourite have to admit, nor the winter, but there is that first cooling day after a long hot summer, that makes you take a breath and smile. Thank you for the follow too, appreciated.
Thank you for your kind thoughts! May your heart be filled with happiness, take care and be well. 🙂