Living well with the Seasons
Where has the year gone? I have been hibernating during our long Melbourne winter, and as an introvert and Cancerian (I like my shell) I tend to stretch winter out much further than most. With this spell of hot weather, I can no longer deny that summer is here and today is the longest day of the year – the Summer Solstice. Read more about my love of seasonal living and get your free guides here.
This past year, in living much closer to nature, I have developed a much greater understanding of the cycles and seasons and how we can align ourselves with them.
During Winter I truly felt connected to what it was like to be insular, to slow down and be still, deep within myself. I spent a lot of time being cosy under blankets.. like a seed buried and nurtured within the earth.
Spring with all its beauty and promise allows us to celebrate the emerging of a potential created within, and new parts of ourselves begin to grow into the world.
Now that Summer is here, I have noticed that there is expansion in the way we live – we’re more social, we physically loosen up and on a hot day by sprawling out on the grass or swimming to cool down. Have you noticed that your body feels less restricted and there’s much more time to create?
Nature is freely accessible; it’s the season where we can feel the suns rays on our skin and our bare feet on the earth. This simple energy nature gives freely is such a great antidote to our busy, modern world. It’s the time of year to be eating cooling foods and making juices and smoothies with the abundance of seasonal fruit and veg – life is abundant.
2016 is shaping up to be a creative year for me, and that’s good news for you also! I have got some exciting changes coming up for my Dynamic Wellness Course – making it into more bite sized pieces! I’ve got a new recipe book in the making and I’ll be speaking at the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) Sustainability Conference in April.
As always the travel bug bites, and that coupled with my love of Photography means there will be plenty of inspiring images coming your way.
I’ll take this opportunity to wish you a happy and safe holiday season, filled with whatever your heart desires. Remember to always take time for you, even 5 minutes to slow down, breathe, check in with yourself and enjoy the moment.