When we make mistakes sometimes or are not in the mood of practice and want to give up; when we feel that spiritual practice is not interesting and depressed without knowing why; this is the time of "Spiritual Winter”. It's just like the time of winter when we are not practicing smoothly . When our spiritual winter comes, we easily get confused, recede in our sincerity or get cheated by others; we feel low , we see no progress in our practice and yet feel no drive for practice; or we experience many undesirable or unfavorable situations. But we should know that all these will be gone in a while.
We should forgive ourselves during this time even if we make mistakes, lag behind, lose confidence, etc. If possible, we should go quickly to ‘nourish’ ourselves! For example, join the 7-day retreat or go more often to see Master and fellow initiates, go more often to group meditations and read Master’s books and listening to the tapes more, write to Master, come to the ashram and stay for some days; these are all our ‘spiritual nourishment’. We'll get much better if we take some of these, and will keep on practicing up until our spiritual spring comes. At that time it will be much easier for us and do not need that much nourishment.