If you can imagine content moments, gathered around the hearth in good company, with a warm cup of tea held in your hands, you can quite likely feel what the concept of hygge means, right down to the marrow.
As we are coming to a place of realization and understanding that the importance of quality supersedes quantity, embracing the concept of Hygge has become something of great value while the daylight hours subside, and the temperature starts to drop.
The term Hygge is a word new to the trends of well being in North America, coming from a traditional practice in the Northern European country of Denmark, and is still commonly celebrated amongst the people in its native homeland. It is something that we all do in cold climate countries really, although acknowledging it as a practice, further cultivating its qualities, and embracing it as something that is good for us is just the medicine we need while life continues to quicken.
Etymologically speaking, it stems from the roots of a hug, to comfort, and a great source of wellness that comes from the original depths of the holy water well itself. Hygge represents the sacred familiar that we feel in the temple of our homes amongst friends and family. It is a concept that appeals to the cultures of colder northern climates, as winter can be felt as a time of significant challenge. The way of Hygge has shown to be a valuable way of being, mastering the art of feeling into a state of wellness during winter months. Much of the explanation as to why the people of Northern Europe are considered some of the happiest on earth is due to this lifestyle.
So how do we practice this art of Hygge? More than anything, it is in choosing less, scaling back, slowing down, and connecting in. Essentially, it is simply getting cozy that best describes the how and the what of it all. Why has this simple concept become something that so many of us are drawn to? Looking at how, as a society we have moved away from our varied traditional roots, the old stories have become lost- those stories that once spoke of familiar ways that nourished it’s people for thousands of years. Many of those traditions and stories revolved around the seasons, specific to the land, unique to each bio-region. Colder climates require a much different lifestyle approach than that of tropical or desert landscapes. As the world has decentralized and the entire planet has become humanity’s home, we are now looking to relocalizing some of the basic lifestyle practices that our sense of wellness dearly misses, and wildly needs. Embracing Hygge is an opportunity to connect into the dark hours, the cold temperatures, and the deep nourishment that we need to give and receive together amongst loved ones. Igniting the light from within is what is nature’s invitation, as the sun’s energy retracts in winter months. Reflecting this practice of igniting the inner light brings the central focal point of warmth and brightness into our hearts, hearths, and homes. It is, in essence, another way in which we align our lives with the land, the seasons, and the cycles of the sun and the moon.
Some of the ways of feeling nourished and connected associated with this idea are…
- Gathering around a fire, indoors or out.
- Holding and sipping a warm cup of tea.
- Lighting soft candles.
- Burning aromatic herbs.
- Sharing nourishing food.
- Telling stories, old and new.
- Engaging in playful games.
- Playing music together and singing songs.
- And any other expression of Nourishing our Joy while it is cold and stormy outside!
Really what this all means to your intimate self can only be defined by you, however focusing on bringing this concept into the slow, steady rhythm of your world, is the idea we hope to share.
Winter time is an incredible opportunity to go inside, and to find the deep inner meanings and messages that are cast aside during states of strong outer movement throughout summer. Now, as we contrast with the winter movements that we so enjoy carrying out in the strong elements, it is balanced with slow, warm, deep, spicy, toasty, snuggly, fuzzy, soft, cozy, comfy, gentle, creative, engaged, and loving, face to face connections.
Gather on in. Gather in hearts, minds, and souls. Let us unify closely together so that the kinetic energy contained amongst one another works to keep us warm.