by Ryan Collins, L.Ac.
Everyone thinks I’m crazy when I mention that one of my favorite books is Ethan Frome. I don’t disagree with most of the criticisms I’ve heard, but I still can’t stop myself from picking it up every year or so. The way Edith Wharton writes about the New England winter utterly electrifies me:
“The cold was less sharp than earlier in the day and a thick fleecy sky threatened snow for the morrow. Here and there a star pricked through, showing behind it a deep well of blue. In an hour or two the moon would push over the ridge behind the farm, burn a gold-edged rent in the clouds, and then be swallowed by them. A mournful peace hung on the fields, as though they felt the relaxing grasp of the cold and stretched themselves in their long winter sleep.”
What really seizes me about her book, though, is how the cold makes the warmth blossoming in the characters all the more apparent. My heart melts to see the loneliness in the characters turn to connection and softness. (I don’t want to spoil anything — go read it yourself!)
I’ve been thinking about this a lot when people come to Blue Lotus. This has been a hard winter for many folks mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It melts my heart to be able to be there for them, whether it’s holding space for them at our meditation group, being there when an acupuncture treatment finally offers someone a taste of relief, or energizing acupuncture points with moxa. It is such a remarkable privilege to be there when they touch the warmth in their heart that was never really lost.
The energy of winter is to be still – we feel it in the snow, in the cold, in hibernation. So if that’s what your heart is yearning for, I pray you can offer it that. Whatever the needs of your body, mind, or heart may be, don’t hesitate to let Anna and I know if there’s anything we can do to help you meet them.