Seasonal living is a way of being and engaging with the world that helps us make peace with the messiness and impermanence of life. It helps us mine for the beauty and wisdom in every season. Even the hardest of them. It is not itself the end game but a practice that gives us permission to honour our unique wiring, own our strength and struggle, and recognize that we are all in progress. In doing so, we are more likely to show up to life with compassion, curiosity, and agency.
Seasonal Living teaches us to befriend ourselves
We remember through a practice of seasonal living that there is a time for turning inward and engaging outward, for building and creating and for receiving and resting, for planting, watering, and harvest. For new life and for death. We remember that diversity is needed, who we are is needed, and this opens us up to find our place in the world and to experience true belonging. It helps us recognize our interconnectedness and to live consciously and more sustainably as we navigate life.
Seasonal living offers me hope. I know that however dark a particular season, spring will always come again. And if life is hard, it’s not because I’m doing it wrong but because a full, beautiful, meaningful life will inevitably involve stress, loss, and stretching. I am human in a messy world. The more I release an expectation of life being linear and tidy, I grow more rooted and resilient. I am better equipped to show up with joy and on purpose to the messy and beautiful life in front of me.
3 simple strategies for befriending yourself
I’ve created three short videos for you. Each offers one simple way that you can BEFRIEND YOURSELF through a practice of seasonal living. In addition, I’ve offered you a Seasonal Check-In for Autumn. This is an invitation to pause and listen inward to what you’re experiencing in your body, your emotional world, and your thoughts. It includes ideas to experiment with that can help you live body-mind-emotionally brave and whole.
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