ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Calming Effect of Beautiful Snow

Updated on June 2, 2014

SNOW - the Beauty of the Beast

I feel sorry for those who live where there is not even one good snowfall per year. This is neither to be disrespectful of the beauty of others' climates nor to suggest that certain ones are superior to others. However, I want to share with you some of the beauty of snow, of this gift from Mother Nature. One hears the news media report about airport delays, school closings, poor highway conditions and the longer daily commute. But the "negative news people" neglect to describe the benefits which are highly aesthetic and spiritual.

A significant snow changes one’s priorities in a good way. Trivial things are put on hold. A Valentine's Day blizzard in the Northeast long ago inspired a sage narrative column from Andy Rooney. As he described his time with the falling snow, he observed that all the people who usually need to go out fussing at night just to pick up some item or other at the store, didn't. Yes, when road conditions become challenging, we are forced into the Zen practice of living in the now. And what a beautiful now it is.

Peaceful Silence

First, picture a snowfall. No gooshing wind or ice pellets - just a blanket (what a comforting analogy) of snow coming to us. The Christmas hymn Silent Night contains a phrase which aptly describes it: Heavenly Peace. A non-windy snow “storm” is so beautifully quiet. While there is so much action for the eyes to take in, paradoxically it is so "soft" on the ears. Furthermore, a snowfall changes the usual outdoors sounds. Everyday scraping, clanging, blaring, scratching noises are transformed into muffled hints. Even comforting, common sounds are magically transformed into special resonances. When I was a young girl, I had the great fortune to live one and a half blocks from a trolley stop. Yes, the Shannon Drake line had its tracks running through a scraggly woods at the bottom of the hill. Of course, we were all familiar with its clak-ed-dee-clak-check-clak either slowing to stop or hastening in tempo until it attained travelling speed. But to hear it in the snow time: bliss! A happy, familiar clatter was muted from brazen brass horn into tender oboe.

Natural Beauty

A snow-draped world is a marvelous, breath-taking treat for the soul. It frosts the trees and places doilies on bushes. Windows receive intricate etchings of frost. Roofs grow icicle teeth. But, besides transforming the banal into white-veiled wonders, snow partners with light to re-create new vistas. Whether it is from sun or from one’s nightly-lit lamppost in the yard, the light energy bounces and sparkles on the snow, scattering like gems. Snow is like a prism scattering light into the rainbow of hues. Bonus: there is no admission price for the display.

Symbolic Color White

In many traditions and religions, the color white represents goodness and purity. In the study of human auras,the color represents the Divine. This is connected to one's spiritual path and connection to the universe. In Black Hat-style Feng Shui, white is the color associated with creativity and children. Also, in our American culture – white or off-white is often the color of a blank piece of paper. A white paper is full of opportunity. It is the Tabula Rasa, the clean slate, the opportunity to go in any direction, to create.

If these aspects of snow are ones you have missed, the next time you can be in a snowfall, perhaps you can now enjoy the beauty it has to offer. I hope you will see it with appreciative eyes.

Photo by Dan Glass.
Photo by Dan Glass.

Maren Morgan M-T grew up near Lake Erie and its "lake effect" snows. She also has enjoyed many storms with significant snow accumulation including one which dropped 37 inches of snow in one 24-hour period.

Snow Treasure

Copyright 2008 Maren Morgan

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Maren Morgan M-T profile imageAUTHOR

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      10 years ago from Pennsylvania

      When provisions are plentiful and all are safely at their destinations - absolutely: let it snow!

    • profile image

      T.S.T. 

      10 years ago

      Awesome! Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow! (I think there's a song by that name).

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)