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The Cruelest Month

The Cruelest Month

February 13th, 2013 3 Comments

T.S. Eliot might say April, but I say February. For me, it’s always right about this time that my inner world gets dark and twisty. The long grey has all but choked out the memory of sun warmed skin, and the cold drizzle does little to alleviate cabin fever. My thoughts turn to unhealed existential troubles like a tongue to a sore tooth.

There is little to be done to bring the warmth of spring closer, but it must not be said that I easily give up the fight against this cruel month. As weapons to combat the dark and stormy, I have chosen the following:

Pruning. Clipping away the water sprouts from our aged apple trees reminds me to do the same to the feral thoughts that threaten to block out the sunshine. Aching forearms seem a small price to pay.



New music. Reliability itself, NPR First Listen always has something of interest on offer. A few recent favorites include the amazing, and appropriately titled, compilation album (featuring Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Johnny Depp, and others) “Son Of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys“, and the diverse aural palette of Maxmillion Dunbar’s “House of Woo“.

Yoga. Moving my body might be the very most important piece of the puzzle. On a budget and with negligible free time, a reliable home practice is the best option. Most of the time I’m happy to build my own routine, but on occasion it is wonderful to surrender to direction. I’ve been absolutely loving Esther Ekhart’s online classes, which includes a variety of free videos. Bonus: a freshly added partner yoga video, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Finally, nothing quite embodies the hope of sun and warmth to come like the emergent shoots of spring flowers.



Wishing you all well in the good fight. And much love on your Valentine’s Day.

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3 Responses to “The Cruelest Month”

  1. Lindsay says:

    Thank you for this. The grey has brought it’s normal tornado season to me as well. I tried yoga in the summer at the request of a friend to do a “do over” and give it another chance after a horrifying experience while in High School. I fell in love with it but alas, two small children and a meek budget, time is no longer mine. So I have to say I squeaked out loud with joy when I saw your reference to online yoga, followed by wonder of “Why didn’t I think of that?!”. Her website is now in my favorites bar and as soon as my crafty husband is home, I will figure out how to get it to play on our tv. So, thank you, thank you! Your blogs are fabulous by the way. 🙂

  2. Tana says:

    Yogaglo (http://www.yogaglo.com/) has great online classes as well. 18$ a month and a free 15 day trial. Elena Brower is amazing.