Happy fall! While “fall” weather in Florida doesn’t really happen until late November/early December, we have had a few cool days here and there, which have been much appreciated!
Fall is a favorite season among many, mostly for the relief from scorching temperatures, the gorgeous foliage and evenings wrapped up in blankets beside a bonfire.
I find fall to be my favorite season for its symbolic meaning of life: the slow, easing last breath of life as trees and plants prepare for hibernation –out with the old – and the ushering in of a few months of rest in order to prepare for the bursting of life that comes with spring. It’s peaceful, somehow.
I am currently in a season of waiting, so I have really embraced this physical seasonal change and am content to rest for a while. As a result, the hygge mentality has been something my husband and I have been drawn too, almost unknowingly.
I came across the word “hygge” in a magazine last year and I can’t believe I hadn’t heard it before. It fits so perfectly with our lifestyle as it is, and even more so in this season of rest.
Hygge is a Danish word that cannot be easily translated into one word, but rather a series of words such as relaxing with friends and family, creating a cozy evening, the lighting of candles while wrapping up in a warm blanket. It is both a sense of security as well as a feeling of ease and contentment. It combines comfort and presence with harmony and togetherness. It’s PERFECT.
In the spirit of mindfulness, hygge is the pleasurable notion of truly being in the present. Those who practice hygge – originally, the Danish people who had to wait out the cold, dark winters of the north – choose to embrace their season of waiting with contentment and peace.
Hygge activities can include anything that makes you feel peaceful and happy – for my husband, hygge means all the blankets and candles, a warm crockpot dinner and movies. For myself, it’s about the same, but add in a cup (or three) of coffee, a playlist of instrumental music and some serious cuddle time.
The key to practicing hygge year-round is creating a “warm atmosphere and enjoying life in the presence of good people” – finding that center of contentment and wellbeing may seem like a life-long journey, but starting with this season of rest and rebirth may enable us all to find our own meaningful practice of hygge.
Looking for some instrumental music to listen to? I find it perfect for everything from yoga to writing for work. I don't have a particular music app I use consistently, but here are some of my favorite musicians and pieces I enjoy listening to on YouTube and Amazon - movie soundtracks end up being some of my favorite as well!
Claude Debussy (really any of his work)