If happiness is a skill, then sadness is, too.
Perhaps through all those years at school, or perhaps through other terrors, we are taught to ignore sadness, to stuff it down into our satchels and pretend it isn’t there.
As adults, we often have to learn to hear the clarity of its call.
That is wintering.
It is the active acceptance of sadness. It is the practice of allowing ourselves to feel it as a need. It is the courage to stare down the worst parts of our experience and to commit to healing them the best we can.
Wintering is a moment of intuition, our true needs felt keenly as a knife.
~ Katherine May ~ Wintering: How I Learned to Flourish When Life Became Frozen
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