Most of us have a favourite time of year.
- A favourite season.
Is it a memory that invokes some special reason that you like a particular time of year?
Is it the heat of Summer that you seek?
Is it the fresh, bracing Winter air that makes you feel invigorated and alive?
Or is it the renewal of life and the blossoming of new growth of Spring that delights you?
The colours of Autumn leaves hold a special place in many people's heart.
Whatever it is for you, the arrival of your favourite season can feel refreshing and allows you to feel especially bonded with the coming months ahead.
Similarly, the approach of your least favourite season can fill you with a sense of dread.
Cold nights and chilly mornings of winter can make some people feel very sad and even depressed. While others delight in sitting beside warm fires, catching up on reading, and doing all those wonderful indoor activities that they put off "for a rainy day". Enjoying crafts, chatting with friends, or a sense of hibernation from the cold can bring some people comfort.
While the trees have an uncanny knowing when the seasons are changing, do we?
Can we adjust to the seasonal changes
around us as well?
Do you feel that urge to get fit just because it is warmer and easier to exercise? Or is your motivation high and it does not matter what is going on "out there", you just get on with life, year 'round?
What would be ideal for us to do with the change of season?
It is now autumn here in the Southern hemisphere.
For you in the Northern hemisphere you have been awakened from the depths of winter and undoubtedly are enjoying the bursting new life and energy of Spring.
How do you adjust?
Do you adjust?
I feel a sense of excitement when I approach the newness of a changing season.
I can feel it in the air.
Autumn shows us its changing colours of its leaves.
In Spring, I love to see the new, tiny buds on trees. The impending newness of life.
Summer brings us the ultimate warmth that many people crave.
Winter signals for many people, a need to retreat indoors. Many people feel the desire to "hibernate" in a way: To curl up with a good book or watch movies that they missed in the summer months.
Ultimately we have the power to embrace whatever the season is "out there". Just like a rainy day.
It can bring a dampener to your moods and your outdoor plans. If you aim to redirect your plans to be flexible then whatever is happening external to your control can be just that. Of no real consequence other than for you to redirect your plans.
You can make a list of where you would like to go,
and what you would like to do in the various seasons.
-Catch up on visiting galleries or exhibitions in winter. Read those books and articles online that you saved for another time.
-Perhaps you can go hiking, swimming, or enjoy those outdoor cafes in summer?
-"Spring Cleaning" has the obvious message.... a good time to clean out your house and belongings and donate or do a garage sale or eBay sale.
-Autumn is a good time for almost any activity.
Isn't it funny when some people look at someone with disbelief when they are eating an ice cream in the middle of winter?! It is almost like they are thinking, "How could you! Don't you know it is winter? You don't do that in winter?" If you want to, then that's fine.
If you reflect on your favourite season, perhaps you can then think about why you like it so much.
You can think of the ways that you can grow and flourish that is similar to your favourite season.
Summer: Longer daylight hours: Enjoy your time outdoors and use it to your advantage.
Winter: Perhaps a time to reflect on yourself and catch up on self-care. Your physical health, your goals, your plans for the coming year and so on. Your spiritual and mental growth can be focused on here too. Continue to learn about what interests you.
What is your experience?
As seasons change, do you?
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