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Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Post by binocular » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:49 pm

Yay!
Only one more week to the winter solstice! And then the days will finally begin to get longer!

Maybe I'm just getting older, but this winter has been really difficult for me. This year, I seem to be less able to deal with the cold and the dark.


Where you live, do you have a proper winter with cold and snow? How have you been handling the dark?

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Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Post by JohnK » Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:16 pm

The increasing darkness leads me to read more after work.
I really enjoyed the early morning light on the snowy mountains over the weekend (This time of year, I am usually at work in a building before that happens). This morning there was "hoar frost" on the trees, so they sparkled in the morning light! (looking out my window at work).
The nearby ski area is reporting that 146" of snow has already fallen at the summit. Although solstice is coming, we'll probably have snow on the ground through March at least (and that's just the valley floor). It is very helpful to have an enjoyable winter activity (like cross-country skiing) -- if one is just waiting for spring/summer, it is very tough. In the past there were serious issues with "cabin fever" around here -- many folks lived on isolated ranches that were almost inaccessible. We usually get a few cold snaps each winter where, for a week, morning temps are -20 degrees F. or colder. Many folks who don't have a garage have engine block heaters. We also have warm clothes! As the snow does not get as deep on the valley floor, the elk and moose come down -- we sometimes have a moose take up residence in our back yard for a few days. So winter has its pros and cons -- I love it here!

[If one has a taste for mountains and wilderness (As Maha Kassapa says, "Those rocky crags refresh me" -- Thag.18 https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... han.html ), deep snow multiplies the wilderness factor as does nighttime -- moonlight cross-country skiing in the mountains is profound. I must have done something really good in a past life!]
bino: you really got me goin' on this one.
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Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Post by DNS » Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:18 pm

No cold and no snow here. It's been around 72 degrees F (22 Celsius) and sunny. Global warming, I guess, we've been having very nice winters the past few years, but then we pay for it in summers with temps over 100 F.

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Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Post by paul » Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:43 pm

Here the minimum is about 17° Celsius in winter, but it feels cold when the summer temperature is about double that, plus it requires different clothing. Spending time on cloud shrouded jungle peaks, sometimes in the rain, is profitable. It takes a few hours to slough off the attachment to human society, then the senses lock on to nature and one can feel quite alone; it is then that the attachments are faced fully and distanced through an effort of will. That state of mind has to be carried back into normal life, ‘protecting the sign’, mainly by remaining reserved. I think these two experiences should be conceptualised as two separate realities.

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Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Post by retrofuturist » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:08 pm

Greetings,

Down under it's the opposite, of course... long days and plenty of sunshine! (Which I really appreciate given that I tend to briefly get Seasonal Affective Disorder around our Winter solstice, so this is the complete opposite)

I love this time of year, because Christmas is coming up (which means some time off work), but also because the days are long, the weather is warm, and there's cricket on the television!

All I need to be particularly careful of is the prospect of sunburn and other possible effects from the intense UV levels and sun glare... of which there can be plenty.

Back to the nature of binocular's query though... when Winter kicks in I use my trusty Philips GoLite Blu and take vitamin supplements, including Swisse Ultiboost Mood. I also try to get outdoors, wherever possible, and try to keep warm.

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Paul. :)
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Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Post by Crazy cloud » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:57 am

binocular wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:49 pm
Yay!
Where you live, do you have a proper winter with cold and snow? How have you been handling the dark?
Yay back!

Southern parts of Norway, but originates from up north, and living up there can be quite challenging in more than one sense - lack of sunlight, to much sunlight and so on. here in the south its less of above mentioned, but then it has other backdraws that living up north lacks - so basically its impossible to chose "the best"


And my take or answer to the question is to remind myself that that which sees the dark is not dark ...

Now in the middle of wintertime I plan to go up to the high north and do some walking, sitting, standing and lying down, and here is a recent picture:

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be well and bright! :)
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And watching for pigs on the wing
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Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Post by catsquotl » Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:55 pm

Here it's cold and dark.
As always I have had a terrible time adjusting to the cold when the fall started in ernest, although I must say that now the first snow has come and gone over the last week. I feel up the the remainder of winter..

But then maybe my increased practice from none to an hour over the last 6/7 weeks or so may have some influence on my ability to handle the cessation of life in nature all around..
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Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Post by JohnK » Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:44 pm

Crazy cloud wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:57 am
Now in the middle of wintertime I plan to go up to the high north and do some walking, sitting, standing and lying down, and here is a recent picture:

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be well and bright! :)
Wow! That picture (and sentiment) is worth a repeat!
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Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Post by Zom » Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:05 pm

Where you live, do you have a proper winter with cold and snow?
My city is considered as one of the most depressive in Russia in terms of weather/climate. Sunshine? Never heard about that 8-)


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How have you been handling the dark?
Accept it as it is. For some this is a struggle and they migrate somewhere.

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Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Post by Pseudobabble » Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:35 pm

Zom wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:05 pm
Where you live, do you have a proper winter with cold and snow?
My city is considered as one of the most depressive in Russia in terms of weather/climate. Sunshine? Never heard about that 8-)


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Strangely beautiful.
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Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Post by binocular » Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:55 pm

Zom wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:05 pm
How have you been handling the dark?
Accept it as it is. For some this is a struggle and they migrate somewhere.
This spring and summer, I have probably spent more time outside than ever before, and I think I may have gotten conditioned to all the sunshine, to the point where I would prefer if it were bright and sunny at least from 5 AM to 7 PM every day.
I generally love sunshine, but I think this year, there may be some mechanical conditioning to this love, like when I got conditioned to fear horizontal steel wires without even knowing when it happened.

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Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Post by JohnK » Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:30 pm

binocular wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:55 pm
This spring and summer, I have probably spent more time outside than ever before, and I think I may have gotten conditioned to all the sunshine,
I'm no expert, but maybe part of it is that you got used to having a good amount of vitamin D from the sunshine and now you're missing it -- I thought it might be worth mentioning.
"...the practice is essentially a practice, and not a theory to be idly discussed...right view leaves unanswered many questions about the cosmos and the self, and directs your attention to what needs to be done to escape from the ravages of suffering." Thanissaro Bhikkhu, On The Path.

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Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Post by retrofuturist » Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:49 pm

Greetings,

Also, feel free to give the Earth's axis a nudge, if you have the means to do so... balancing out the seasons a bit would be nice.

(I can just imagine the climate change activists recoil in horror at my suggestion...)

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Paul. :)
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Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Post by Disciple » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:02 pm

Winters getting warmer around here as well. It feels like spring.

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Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Post by Dinsdale » Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:19 am

retrofuturist wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:49 pm
Greetings,

Also, feel free to give the Earth's axis a nudge, if you have the means to do so... balancing out the seasons a bit would be nice.

(I can just imagine the climate change activists recoil in horror at my suggestion...)

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Paul. :)
I have passed your suggestion to Doctor Evil....

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Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Post by Crazy cloud » Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:44 pm

Now, this is a nice example of sights and moments one can experience up in the high north ... Picture is taken yesterday at app 0200 in the morning (same area as last pic, and light show lasted 5 hours). And to be able to lay down in the snow, and have a open eye meditation into a space exploding in aurora borealis is such a sight for these sore eyes ...
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What happened to me
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Through the boredom and pain
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Buggers to blame
And watching for pigs on the wing
- Roger Waters

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Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Post by binocular » Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:50 pm

Wow!

Today was nice -- although just plain old sunshine, nothing as fantastic as aurora borealis.

:smile:

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Re: Only one more week to the winter solstice!

Post by No_Mind » Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:24 pm

binocular wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:49 pm
Yay!
Only one more week to the winter solstice! And then the days will finally begin to get longer!

Maybe I'm just getting older, but this winter has been really difficult for me. This year, I seem to be less able to deal with the cold and the dark.


Where you live, do you have a proper winter with cold and snow? How have you been handling the dark?
Today morning was 14.5C (58F). Highest 25C (77F). Humidity 71%. Clear blue sky.

I wish winter would be longer. Just 80 days before my skin begins to get burned off for next 8 months :( The heat can probably be tolerated but not the 90% humidity.

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