The forecast says there’s snow on the way this week. And in the wind today, well, I can feel it coming. So let’s talk hygge! For anyone unfamiliar with the word, here’s how Oxford English Dictionaries defines it:
A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)
In Canada, we know all about long, dark, cold winters.
Regardless of the season -it’s still fall, no matter what the forecast says- I think that cultivating an atmosphere of coziness is supremely beneficial for everyone. It’s really easy to do, too. Here’s an idea of a little solo hygge:
A blanket, a cuddly sweater, cozy socks, a good book, and some candlelight. By the way, I like beeswax candles, they burn clean, also clean the air, and smell divine! These ones are from Honey Candles a personal favourite of mine. Of course, hygge isn’t only a solo affair. It can be snuggling with your sweetie, munching popcorn and watching a movie. Or meeting with friends for drinks and dinner -or to get lost in a corn maze! Picnics and barbeques, toasting marshmallows around a campfire, listening to a rain pattering on the roof, watching the snow fall. It’s good food and comfort, whatever makes your soul feel peaceful. At it’s heart, hygge is something you choose to do, participating in the moment, and making that moment glow with love, laughter, and pleasure. To benefit from the practice, we have to be present, actively show up, and make our own magic. It’s such a simple shift, but it can create beautiful ripples that will positively affect everyone you meet. People who create their own joy are a joy to be around!
So start small, block off a few minutes for yourself this afternoon. Gather up your favourite blanket and a cozy sweater. Maybe brew a cup of really good coffee, tea, hot chocolate or whatever. Light a few candles, play some Vivaldi, and read that magazine you bought the last time you were at the supermarket. Create your own practice, and if you have family around you or roommates to contend with, then either challenge them to participate, or insist they respect your space until you’re finished. It’s not always easy, but it’ll be worth it, I promise.