I’ve mentioned in other blog posts how important the rhythms and cycles are in ourselves as well as around us. These past blogged posts I focussed especially on the Moon as she is the mere mirror of rhythms as she moves throughout her phases. She does this completing an entire cycle, sometimes 13 times a year. Meanwhile, we must not forget that the Sun travels through his own cycle and we see this best reflected in the seasons. If done intentionally, we can travel through the seasons as a way for self-discovery too.
In this blog post, I will talk about the seasons and how simple it’s to get started on the seasonal self-discovery journey.
As the seasons change, so do we
Maybe you live in an area where the seasonal changes are clearly obvious or you may not but these changes are palpable even when you don’t see them. And not only in the outside but in your inside as well.
Tapping into the seasons is tapping into yourself.
You’ll discover that you enjoy a specific season more than the others. And then, this may change after a year or more. Maybe you will have your favorite seasons throughout the year. But why? What is it that you love so much about that specific season? What is that season says about you?
The psychology of the Seasons
There are studies been done regarding the psychology of the seasons and there is definitely an indication that seasonal changes can have an impact on our moods and behaviors. Well, nothing new about that, right?
Many people suffer from what is called “Winter Blues” when the lack of Sun – and therefore Vitamin D – has a tremendous effect on someone’s mood and energy levels, among other things.
There is also a suggestion that the month you were born may correlate with your personality. Here, we do not just look at the month you were born, but also it depends on the Hemisphere.
The seasonal order that moves throughout the months is the opposite of one Hemisphere to another. Just compare the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.
I can use myself as an example: I was born in May in the Southern Hemisphere. This makes me an Autumn child who nowadays lives in the Northern hemisphere and celebrate my birthday in Spring. Personally, I feel that I can be moody and a bit irritable sometimes– what is often linked to those born in Autumn and Winter. Nevertheless, I’m optimistic and move in all the senses of the word very rapidly – what is often linked to those born in Spring and Summer.
As far as I know, no researches have been done about the effect on being born in one Hemisphere and then moving to the other. I do believe and feel, the seasons and the polarity of the Hemisphere do have an important effect on someone’s inner rhythms.
Your Favorite Season
If you look online you’ll find several blog posts and articles about what your favorite season means. Often, these are a very simple and short explanation. For me personally, this is like reading your daily horoscope in the newspaper or magazine…
You are unique, meaning that the reason for you liking Spring over Winter may be totally different from someone. There may be some correlations here and there, but when it comes to favoring things, tread them very personally.
Why is Spring – Summer – Autumn – Winter your favorite seasons?
Take the time, and combine it with pen and paper to write it down.
Follow your intuition….
Where and when to start
This up to you… when do you want to start?
Maybe you want to start today, now that we are moving into Autumn. Or you want to wait until you have that specific energy to start something new, so you decide to start next Spring. And if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere you can start now as the Spring season is just coming in now.
The thing is, it’s not about a specific season or moment. It’s about you, your wishes and needs. Don’t forget that if you are reading this blog post, this may be a clue to start now…just saying.
Working with the seasons
If you would like to discover more about yourself with the seasons you can start with the journal prompts below:
- write your birth-month and the seasons you were born in and just reflect on it. What does it means to you to be born in _________ (month) during __________ (season)?
- Is the season you were born in your favorite? If so, why is this your favorite season? If not, what is your favorite season and why?
- What does Spring mean to you? Summer? Autumn? And Winter?
- Is there a season you really dislike? If so, why?
- During the start of each season write how you feel about this season and what you intend to do. Then, at the end of the season reflect on the season and your intentions. Write it down.
- Once you completed one sesonal cycle evaluate on it, and write everything you have discovered about yourself – the good and the bad!
You are unique and so is each seasonal cycle. Woking the seasonal cycles can be an enriching experience with its unique strengths and tools that may not apply to the next seasonal cycle.
Like the Moon and the Weather, the seasons and ourselves are constantly changing. Tracking these changes and implementing their lessons and tools in all areas of our life can be the greatest asses you can have in your life.
Be smart about yourself and be intentional, always.
Letting yourself move freely through the seasons will not only give you an opportunity for self-discovery but it will maintain a sense of well-being. Evermore, when you incorporate the Sun and Moon cycles in your Holistic Lifestyle – and thus practice – you will support your health.
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