uncultivated, unplowed, untilled, unplanted, unsown, unused, dormant, resting, empty, bare.
In our northern climes, before the advent of artificial sources of light, the months of winter were a long dark time. Nature too, took her rest and for our farming ancestors, there wasn’t much to do on the land. Long nights and cold days meant folks got a break from the busyness of life and entered into a more timeless time, where the stillness without, encouraged a slowing down, uncovering a stillness within. It’s the place before the formation of ideas; before an opinion or comparison arises. It's the origin of intuition, inspiration, improvisation, and creativity.
Practices for the Dark of the Year
You may notice that I didn't mention meditation once. That's because when we pay attention, all of these things are meditation.
May you truly enjoy the blessings of this season,