Living in Rhythm with the Seasons
No matter where you are on the planet, and especially here in New England, you can see, nature changes and shifts as time passes. The spiraling pattern can be experienced in every day, in every month, in every season, in every year. Most living beings intuitively know how they fit into this cycle, while us humans have done our best to separate ourselves from it.
We have gotten really good at tuning nature out, running around from one artificially created environment to another, sometimes without being exposed to the elements at all.
And what’s the big deal?
The big deal is that we are as much a part of nature as a blooming flower, and while we may not be consciously aware of it, we are influenced by the patterns around us. This influence spreads beyond our physiology, it effects us in a big way on a mental emotional level as well. A clear example of this is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), people with this disorder experience depressive mood during the darker months. However, most of us experience a change in our state of being with the changing seasons, it is more subtle than the diagnosable SAD, and we don’t always notice it.
Tuning into nature is a way of getting to know yourself better and it does not have to be anything complicated. You can start by carving out a minute every day to step outside and take a few deep breaths. Rushing from your car to the grocery store does not count. Standing outside of you car for one minute, paying attention to the natural world around you, before walking into the grocery store does. Even in the busiest of cities, you can always find something natural in your midst.
Here are a few concepts to play with as the seasons change:
Spring: This is a season of waking up, of sprouting, of fertility, and of new growth.
Allow yourself space for creativity and see what comes from it. Shake off the winter and move your body, pay attention to what you crave to do, with the building energy of the season pull yourself out of those habits which are not working for you.
Summer: This is a season of fullness, of blooming, of hot sun and of celebration.
Notice what aspects in of your life want some focus and attention. What areas in your life are you most passionate about? Put your energy there. Work on finishing projects you have started. Enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Autumn: This is a season of harvest, of decay, of shedding leaves and of growing coats.
Solidify the good habits you have in your life to prepare yourself for the winter. What will you need to move through the next phase of the year? NOW is the time to bring it into your life. What is holding you back? NOW is the time to let it fall away and decay with the leaves.
Winter: This is a season of quite, of deep sleep, of long dark nights, and of hope.
How are you affected by the increased darkness? Give yourself room to dream. Give yourself permission to slow down, to relax, to lay dormant, to germinate. Leave space for silence, for stillness…
Now, that latest deadline, the busy work week, the house chores, still all need doing. Our day to day lives are not always structured to support this kind of paying attention. However, I strongly believe that your sense of wellbeing will increase, if you chose the smallest spec of time in every day to notice what the world around you is doing.
If you have tried this out, I would love to hear from you, whether you’ve been doing it for a week, a month, a season, a year, or your whole life.