I was supposed to mow the lawn today since my husband is gone for work. But it‘s been raining all day, so I was forced to watch Austen inspired movies and read instead. Poor me.☺️
Recently finished this #audiobook. Really enjoyed it even though it wasn‘t exactly what I expected. The title and subtitle makes it seem like it is a self-help type book, but I felt it started that way and went heavy into memoir territory. I enjoy memoirs so that worked for me overall. I started it on a dreary day, but listened on many spring and summer days. If you‘re a seasonal reader, save this one for Fall. 4⭐️
The right book for me at the right time.
Quiet and comforting. This book embraces being gentle with yourself, looking inward and giving yourself what you need when you‘re hurting.
I finished this in March, just before an intense and difficult time of my own. Although I didn‘t recognize how much I needed its quiet beauty and wisdom at the time, it kept resonating for me over the next few difficult months. It turned out to be a timely blessing and a comfort—as did May‘s lovely conversation with Krista Tippett for On Being: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/on-being-with-krista-tippett/id150892556?i...
I think I started this at the beginning of the Pandemic. This morning I urgently needed to read the last section and finish it. Maybe I needed a year, or two of Wintering. I appreciate the concepts and flow of language. I‘m tired though, and it could be I do not rest enough (or that along with life I have Flu A). I know Spring is here, and I‘m so grateful that seasons cycle in both earth and life. BTW I am so grateful for all of you in litsy. ❤️
I am SO excited for this! What a title! And I *loved* Wintering. 😍🤩
This is best for readers not quite ready for their own Wintering experience or those interested in what such introspection overlay might mean. I thought I was going to be the perfect reader for this but, alas, no. I am as befuddled by the mismatch — NOT for me, or maybe not this year, this timing in soon-spring, or my current mood, in these world events. I skimmed the whole thing. I do ❤️ the cover.
I am SO annoyed (and then I feel bad at my privilege and comfort) that I can request books to read but timing makes no sense! I want to be annoyed with how Libby works because I do not understand why it says TWO WEEKS (probably the default) when it had said I would get the tagged book on March 9.
Where *IS* it?! Why is it late? 🤔😕😩🥺
Many cozy cups of tea were consumed along with this lovely audiobook, highly recommend! Katherine May also has a podcast where she talks to guests on the themes of wintering, I enjoy it a lot as well, we can all do with a reminder of the gifts that come when we slow down, when we retreat, when we allow in our wintering.
Delightful things in this book so far:
1: author‘s descriptions of things she is pickling (some of which sound so distasteful to my American ears 😂😂😂)
2: Author‘s Finnish friend scoffing at men “who wear shorts through December as if they are trying to impress someone” and how she would “like to see them pull that shit in Finland” and “all they‘re proving is that it doesn‘t get very cold in England” I‘m still laughing 😂
A captivating memoir, exploring the ebb and flow of life in a cyclical, seasonal and responsive way, rather than linear. Extols the virtues of healing oneself, slowing down and taking stock, utilising the restorative, regenerative power of nature and the freedom that acceptings life changes brings. May is an enigmatic, thoughtful writer and her exploration of periods of her life, recognising the cycles had me entranced.
I‘ve had a run of unpopular opinions lately, and I‘m about to add another one to the pile. I didn‘t connect to this book at all. I love the premise, and there were some moments in the book that I enjoyed, but overall it lacked the cohesiveness and depth I was hoping for. I didn‘t relate to the author at all. It just wasn‘t for me.
Katherine May is my daughter‘s name so I had to check this one out. And it‘s winter, so there‘s that. I was impressed by how May intertwined the use of the term wintering with depression or a shock to the system, and the forces of nature, both of which can bring one to their knees. She finds an appreciation for the winter, as do I, and also recognizes preparing for a downward spiral of the mind/heart no matter what time of year.
5 ⭐️! This sparkles with the magic, wisdom, and transformation of winter seasons in nature and the human experience. May‘s writing is gorgeously poetic and evocative. I loved her musings on how animals and cultures endure winter, the cyclical meandering of life, the liminal space of sleep, respecting the honesty and function of sadness, and the joy and hope of singing. May we all be kind to each other and ourselves during the grasshopper years.🎧
I finished this the other day but this week has been extra busy. As I am finishing grad school & preparing to work again I am working to find a balance between home/kids, work, & everything else. I really appreciated the author‘s perspective & getting through difficult times. I enjoyed the information about how other countries, cultures, & animals try to prepare for restful periods. We live in a culture of go, go, go and the pandemic slowed us
Book, bath bomb and pretendy wine 🍷 my Christmas Eve tradition (usually with real wine lol)
Hope you all have a lovely Christmas 🎅🎄
Tanya! What a wonderful box you put together for me! I am so excited about the books and love all the goodies! The book sleeve is beautiful and I love the Jim Shore snowman. Everything is perfectly me. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. Happy Winter Solstice to you and our hosts. ❄️🌲❄️
I'm only 30 pages in, and I already think this may be the most important book I've read all year. I'm a chronic workaholic and despite telling myself to slow down, to step back, I can never quite seem to release myself. This book is already reminding me, even gently chiding me, to remember that we all need to retreat sometimes. #CurrentlyReading
She writes beautifully, I savoured every chapter. I admire her capacity to inspect her deepest emotions and frame them in simple and wise words which bear profound meanings.
It may be or not a coincidence that I read this book exactly at the beginning of winter in my hemisphere.
She has voiced many of my concerns and I identified many of the struggles I've been through while experiencing the winters of my soul.
🤍 For my own part, they [rituals] open up a space in which to host thoughts that I would otherwise find silly or ridiculous: that voiceless awe at the passing of time. The way everything changes. The way everything stays the same. The way those things are bigger than I am, and more than I can hold.
🤍 To get better at wintering, we need to address our very notion of time. We tend to imagine that our lives are linear, but they are in fact cyclical
I read this a few weeks ago and am behind with Litsy reviews, so I also don‘t remember exactly what I was going to say about it as it was a library book I‘ve taken back. The sections the author wrote about being in nature and animals resonated with me a bit more than the more memoir ish sections, but I did like confirming that it‘s okay not to be okay all of the time as we all have highs and lows with physical and mental health.
This book was powerful. I love the author‘s honesty about what a “winter” can feel like and that sometimes you just need to let it happen and take care of yourself. That‘s a lesson that will stick with me. I listened to the audiobook and found the narrator to delightful. I‘ll buy this for friends when they‘re struggling with their own winters. 💙 #librofm
Wintering came to me just in time for my own strong desire for pause and hibernation. Reading of author‘s journey was comforting, I can certainly relate to a lot of the struggles.I‘m looking forward to the actual winter and embracing the winter within. Marked a few chapters to reread later.
‘This is a crossroads we all know, a moment when you need to shed a skin. If you do, you‘ll expose all those painful nerve endings, and feel so raw that you‘ll need to take care of yourself for a while. If you don‘t, then that old skin will harden around you. It‘s one of the most important choices you‘ll ever make‘.
I did this one as a mix of audio and hardback. The audio is wonderful. Rebecca Lee does a wonderful job of bringing this book to life. The text has you chuckling in places, but the audio has you laughing. Part memoir, part comedy show, part real life advice, this book is just what we all needed in the midst of lockdown. 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
Sometimes, this is what I feel like with my students. This is always what I feel like at home with my family. This is 100% what I feel every time I try to mention new methods or new discussions about how to work with our students. It‘s always “you‘re so naive. You‘ll learn when you have 30/40/50 years experience like me.” 🙄
#KatherineMay #Wintering #MentalHealth #gaslighting #teaching #toxicworkenvironment
I have never found this to be useful or successful in my classroom. I was taught to be a professor by someone who still swears by this method. It‘s nothing but a self fulfilling prophecy. If you treat your students like they‘re lazy and just looking for excuses, they‘re going to live up to that. If you treat your students like they can push through and do amazing things, 9 times out of 10 they step up to the plate.
Some scientists now posit that depression (and by extension anxiety and other similar issues) are symptoms of inflammation in the brain. By immersing the body in cold water, it treats brain inflammation like inflammation of a joint. Some people come to crave it. Others hate it. I really want to try it.
#KatherineMay #Wintering #MentalHealth #ColdWater #inflammation #depression #anxiety
I‘ve never heard of freezing clothes to kill the bacteria. It makes sense, though. It would be great for bedding after being sick. I‘m going to try this come winter. Is it winter yet?! 😂🤣😂
#KatherineMay #Wintering #MentalHealth #laundry #freeze
I‘ve just finished the audiobook, which was absolutely lovely. I have marked parts I want to go back and read more slowly/deeply after hearing them and following along in my book. This is such a wonderful book, and I look forward to sharing it over the next few days.
#KatherineMay #Wintering #MentalHealth #audiobook
I remember in my first semester of grad school I would go every night after class to the gym, workout for a bit or swim for a while. Then I would go sit in the sauna. I was ALWAYS alone. It was quiet and peaceful. It was like being in a world to myself. I don‘t know if it made my body any healthier, but it sure made my mind healthier. I love a good sit in a sauna. I am not trying to locate the nearest sauna. I would love to go for a nice sit.
I gulped down this book. In our slow emergence from COVID, there were so many pieces about depression, illness, and anxiety that really spoke to me. A bit of memoir wrapped in with a bit of nature writing, history, mythology, and literature, it reminds me of pieces of I Am, I Am, I Am, The Salt Path, and Why We Swim.
Oh my god this!!! This in every way!!! I swear I‘ve been feeling like this for a while now, maybe a few months. “I just want to disappear…” “I just don‘t want to exist anymore.” It‘s so comforting reading this from someone else‘s perspective.
#KatherineMay #Wintering #MentalHealth #SelfCare #ThisIsMe