Why live with the seasons?
We used to live so close to nature, we understood it, worked with it and our lives revolved around its cycles.
We ate food in season - there was no garlic from China or asparagus from Argentina, or tomatoes in winter (unless we preserved them). We used wild food, herbs and weeds as medicine, and knew how to work with nature for healing our emotions, clearing our minds and satisfying our spirits.
Today, we may have adapted well physically to urban environments, but that doesn’t mean our holistic needs are being met. With supermarkets full of affordable produce from overseas, no immediate need to turn to nature for healing or sustenance, and lives that see us spending more and more time indoors, we have turned into creatures of convenience and have lost touch with our seasons and our environment.
Robin Wall Kimmerer, a Native American Biologist and Author of my favourite book at the moment: "Braiding Sweetgrass" on the subject of connection and reciprocity says:
“How generously they shower us with food, literally giving themselves so that we can live. But in the giving their lives are also ensured. Our taking returns benefit to them in the circle of life making life, the chain of reciprocity. Living by the precepts of the Honorable Harvest—to take only what is given, to use it well, to be grateful for the gift, and to reciprocate the gift."
The seasonal living guides you find here are a guide for connecting to the unique energies of each season, and for taking the time to learn and respect the gifts that each cycle brings us. Perhaps you could begin to think about how you could give back too..
Meander with me through the seasons and connect deeply to this incredible natural world of ours.
Summer is the time for light, love, fun and extroversion.
Autumn is for giving thanks, bountiful harvests, for letting go and slowing down.
Winter is for going within and embracing darkness, for rest, nurturing and introspection.
Spring is for growth, movement (think of the 'quickening'), birth and fertility.