In this episode of Both/And With Bessi Graham, Bessi reflects on Katherine May’s book, “Wintering” and how wisdom resides in those who have wintered.

In her book “Wintering: The Power Of Rest And Retreat In Difficult Times” Katherine May beautifully describes the gift of the periods of life when we must retreat to care for and repair ourselves. Listen to your body and not run from periods that call you to care for and repair yourself. Understanding these times as opportunities to winter can soften the edges of the experience, and make us conscious of the choice we can make about how we will engage with these inevitable moments.  This is important because it allows us to do as little damage to ourselves and others while we’re in them, and also have a chance to come out the other side wiser and kinder as a result.  

Also in this episode:

  • Wintering is usually involuntary, lonely, and deeply painful
  • Clear the cognitive space required for success
  • How to step more fully into your brilliance
  • Why we can’t break character patterns

If you haven’t read Katherine May’s book, Wintering, I highly recommend you grab a copy now; it will be good for your soul.

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About Bessi Graham:

With over 20 years of experience working with business owners, governments, and large funding bodies to bring “doing good” and “making money” back together, my experience spans from the grassroots of sitting in the dirt working with business owners across the Pacific Islands through to the United Nations in Geneva. This has given me an unparalleled perspective on what makes change happen. 

You know you were born to do something significant, so don’t leave it to chance.

14. Wisdom Resides in Those Who Have Wintered: A Reflection On Katherine May’s “Wintering: The Power Rest And Retreat In Difficult Times”