We’re entering the darkest time of the year here in Sweden. It’s a period of the year that few find rewarding with most wishing they could hibernate or migrate abroad.  Further north still, high above the arctic circle, the sun will soon fail to rise or set, instead skimming just below the horizon. In Finnish, there’s even a special word to describe the mid-winter darkness of the polar night: Kaamos. There’s  an otherworldly beauty to experience when in the outdoors at this time of year. When tree trunks are silhouetted on the deepening mantle of snow by moonshine and starlight, and when the aurora borealis dance in the sky. Most of all, however, it is a time to take life at nature’s pace, to reflect, and allow ideas to slowly germinate ready for when the sun does return.

 

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