Today is about snow. Don’t worry if you never see snow. If you live in the desert or some sunny place that never gets snow. Or you live in a place that does get snow, but it’s not winter right now. I am talking the concept of snow.
Snow is frozen water. It comes down from the sky and covers the land in white. It falls thick or thin. It comes down in great chunks of white, or slight wisps of almost white that it hardly seems like snow. As soon as it begins to fall, the snow ploughs come out in force—especially if you live in a city like Chicago. Snow ploughs and salting trucks. People wear their warmest coats, hats, scarves and gloves. Children love the snow because it’s a chance to play. Older people generally hate the snow because they have to shovel it away which is hard work. Or they fear slipping on the ice and breaking something. Snow can clog up the freeways. Snow can cover a hill and become a playground for sledding.
Young couples may make snow angels and laugh and throw snow balls at each other. Movies may show lovers in a sled being pulled by a horse and have a gentleman at the reins ignoring their kisses.
Snow is a magical thing that can turn winter into a wonderland, or a barren landscape into a magical scene. Snow in other words, is what you make of it.
When it snows, or rains, or is sunny outside, our mood changes. There is even an illness caused by lack of sun: SAD Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is a type of depression that occurs at a certain time of year; usually winter. One way to help SAD is to have Light Therapy. It is a special lamp with a very bright light that mimics the sunlight. Patients are asked to sit a couple of feet away from the light box for about thirty minutes a day, usually early morning to mimic sunrise.
Today is about looking for the brightness of snow. It’s about seeing the goodness in things. Everything has two sides to it. Black and white. You could not have black without white. Up and down, you could not have up without down. Near and far—you get the picture. Some people look at snow as a chance to play and have fun; others look at it with fear and trepidation. What are you looking at today? Are you seeing snow as a chance to play, or a chance to be scared? What is scaring you? Whatever it is, there is another side to it. Whatever you are afraid of, there is an aspect that says, ‘do not be afraid.’
Snow is either wonderful or terrible. It’s a point of view. The same people who hate snow, will be the same people who hate warmth. So today, be a lover of snow. Love the thing in your life that you are usually not loving. Love the snow in your life. See the beauty in your life. Love the clean, fresh aspects of your life. Find the magic in your life. Snow is magical after all. It falls from above and covers the land in purity. Allow the light of the world to fall upon you today. Allow the snow of life to purify your spirit, your soul, your mind, your body. Mediate on being covered with the purity of snow. Feel the coolness and freshness fill every part of your being. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.