Have you ever been SAD in winter? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is the official name given to feeling down as the days shorten, the temperature drops and the world seems gloomier. We are all affected of course by this outer cold, and if we live just in our outer senses, we must inevitably feel a bit down, even a little depressed, as our inner life mirrors the outer world of the declining sun light and the chilling cold.
What is the antidote? Since time immemorial, people have recognized the need to meet the outer cold of winter with the inner warmth of the human heart. Here is a traditional carol from the north of England that captures the inner warmth and joy of the winter season which in the north has a Christmas mood:
This time of the year is spent in good cheer,
And neighbours together do meet
To sit by the fire, with friendly desire,
Each other in love to greet;
Old grudges forgot are put in the pot,
All sorrows aside they lay;
The old and the young doth carol this song
To drive the cold winter away.