Transformation and change are both part of life and nature and its seasons constantly remind us that these occur naturally. We must go through all phases in order to grow and although we might resist change, it will happen regardless. If we become in tune with nature, we can learn to flow more freely with the currents of life. Taking each season in consideration, let’s see how these might also affect us.
Spring – The season of fresh new beginnings
In the Northern hemisphere, spring is in March, just around the time when we start to manifest new beginnings and focus on the goals set for a new year ahead. In the Southern hemisphere, it begins in June, a mid-year shift of energy in which we begin to take charge on how we wish to progress forward for the second half of the year. The energy of this season is light and vibrant, bringing a sense of clarity and joy to the mind. Nature begins to bloom and the grey fields of winter get a makeover, turning green and colourful from the blossoming flowers. This is a period of transition, from the darker winter days to the bright spring vibes. As nature begins to come to life, so do we. It is a period of transformation for us also, and it’s not uncommon for people to shift careers, start new creative projects, end relationships or begin new friendships, during this time. To support this energy, it is a great idea to follow in nature’s footsteps and get a makeover also. It’s all about a fresh new approach to everything. Anahata or the heart chakra is associated with spring, which means we learn to open our heart to the new and trust that all beautiful experiences are coming our way because we are worthy of these.
Summer – The season of adventure
Summer is the joyous season. With the powerful sun taking centre stage, this brightens up our life. It is a time when we are most likely to be open to new adventures and exciting times. Summer is all about having fun, being outdoors and spending time with friends and new acquaintances. It is also a period of nourishment, as we are more likely to spend time in nature and in the sun, getting that extra boost of Vitamin D. The energy shift into summer empowers us to check in with our inner child, to be out and about and enjoy the sweet weather. As the fire element is strong during summer due to the sun, this might also bring out the passion in us, which we can use for any aspect of our life, whether it is love, new projects or simply living life with a strong passion. Manipura or the solar plexus chakra is associated with this season which is about feeling courageous and taking risks which empower us to feel confident.
Autumn- time to slow down
As nature begins to get moody with shades of brown and yellow, we also start to wind down from a busy summer season of fun and passion. Rainy days appear, which means our emotions may become heightened. Autumn is a time to slow down, to start making diet changes which fall into the season and take care of our physical, mental and emotional self. There is a lot going on in nature during this time. Stronger winds start to make an appearance which we can associate with the element of air, symbolising mental activity. The rain is about the water element, which represents our emotions. The temperature begins to drop, which means we might be running out of fuel slowly. So, it’s important to take a step back and emotionally work through what you’re feeling, releasing over-thinking and mental stress. Swadisthana or the sacral chakra is associated with autumn, which is about boosting our creativity and nurturing ourselves emotionally. When we balance the sacral chakra, we learn to flow freely with the currents of life and be open to the flow of movement and change.
Winter – A period of self-reflection
Commonly known as the time of hibernation, this is the perfect period for some self- reflection and going inward. Winter is all about nurturing ourselves, eating warming foods and spending more time indoors. The cold weather has a big impact on digestive changes, so it’s important to pay extra attention to the foods we eat and our overall wellbeing. Winter is slow and heavy, so we need to welcome in this shift, take it easy and relax. Although self-reflection is about spending time on your own, quality time with our loved
ones will also take away the “winter blues” feels and help us connect with others. As this is a period mostly spent indoors, we can also use this time for setting new goals, catching up on some journaling and work on our affirmation for the spring season to follow. Muladhara/the root chakra is associated with the winter season. Working on this chakra throughout winter is about becoming grounded, creating stability and putting down some roots…which you can start manifesting as the spring season arrives.
About the Author
Miriam Indries is a published author, yoga and meditation teacher, passionate about holistic healing. She is also a qualified Ayurveda Practitioner and NLP coach. A keen traveller, wondering soul and student of life, Miriam is the creator of Self-Elevation.com, online platform empowering others to find their greatness.