Do you ever ponder the ebb and flow of life?
We transition with the planets cycles. We follow rhythms, that ebb and flow, the phases of the moon, the changing of the seasons. Rhythms pulsate through our lives at many different levels. Our energies and bodies pulsate with our own unique circadian rhythms, as nature does through its different seasons.
These seasons are not just external but also internal. They are reflected through our changing thoughts and perspectives, each season having its own beauty and purpose.
Spring the season of hope and possibility. The season of renewal-it’s the sunrise after the dark. The energy we have saved during winter bubbling over and we are ready to explore new possibilities.
Summer is abundance, passion and creativity. The long languid days and consistent warmth, giving you opportunity to freely express yourself.
Autumn the season of harvest. Reaping the benefits of everything we have worked hard on.
Finally winter, often portrayed as the barren season. It’s more a time of incubation, where we slow down. We keep only what is essential, granting us an invaluable sense of clarity. Without winter there can be no spring.
Having these four external seasons does not necessarily mean that our internal seasons follow the external rhythm. When we recognise these phases and are willing to experience and welcome each of them for what they are and what we need to do/what our body is asking of us- we become more at ease with the changing of our internal seasons.
As external seasons change and transition, so do our internal seasons.
We tend to want to forever live in summer– this is usually true whether it’s in regards to the weather or our internal lives. We often start feeling unsettled as winter approaches, yet our internal seasons still have their own cycle and we cannot rush our internal seasons-just as we cannot rush nature.
If we resist the natural cycle, we create struggle within ourselves. But if we surrender to our rhythm- we can gain a better understanding of ourselves, our needs and often what we need to heal. We are so conditioned to view everything in our life from an external perspective, including our needs and we are rarely taught to go within– to go internally. Societal conditioning in western culture has done us a huge disservice- with so many having such little awareness of themselves- who they really are- what they really want and a sadly distorted view of what makes them happy.
If we are successful in living each season for what it is, we can use them to our advantage.
When you feel powerful and creative-how can you harness that energy to propel yourself forward?
When your OWN personal winter comes– how can you connect to what you most need? What you most need to heal?
When things seem difficult, how can we listen to the message? What is being brought to our attention? What action do we need to take?
So next time you feel like the inner you is in contrast to your outer world-this may very well explain it. Knowledge is power and self awareness is a gift. The path to growth, learning and healing never, ever ends but our inability to go within and our ability and desire to bypass and bury caused by fear to feel the pain, face our toxicity and be completely honest is a significant issue and will leave us struggling on the path and never achieving the authentic healing and growth we aspire to.
Be real. Be honest. Be raw and above-all have the courage to really go within- dance with your shadows-dance with your internal seasons and accept what needs to be done.
There is beauty to be found in the changing of the earth’s seasons and an inner grace in honouring our internal season’s and the cycles of life.