April is over halfway gone and summer is finally on the horizon. Our windows are at least cracked most days and Minnesota had its first thunderstorm. And with that rain and lightning came the final seasonal node of spring: Grain Rain. Like Clear and Bright, the Grain Rain seasonal node is both wood and earth, carrying the upward energy of generation and the tumultuous energy of transformation. There are steps we can take to harmonize these two energies, ranging from how to eat to how to journal. But as always, the first step to resonating with a seasonal node is to understand its flow. Photo by Rocsana Nicoleta Gurza from Pexels

Grain Rain: Transformation into Summer

April is over halfway gone and summer is finally on the horizon.

Our windows are at least cracked most days and Minnesota had its first thunderstorm. And with that rain and lightning came the final seasonal node of spring: Grain Rain.

Like Clear and Bright, the Grain Rain seasonal node is both wood and earth, carrying the upward energy of generation and the tumultuous energy of transformation.

There are steps we can take to harmonize these two energies, ranging from how to eat to how to journal. But as always, the first step to resonating with a seasonal node is to understand its flow.

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This past winter has been long, cold, and dark. Hopefully, you haven’t accomplished much. I mean that in all sincerity. After all, winter is the season of hibernation; we’re not supposed to accomplish much. Winter reminds us that rest is important. I say so often that rest is the root of productivity, something that a culture obsessed with action often forgets. But rest is also the root of creativity and motivation. If we spend winter resting appropriately, not only can we recover physically, but we can recover mentally and spiritually as well. In other words, in order to be truly prepared for the dynamic, generative, and upward movement of spring we have to engage with and process the still, slow, and inward movement of winter. And the best way to do that is through journaling.

Born from yin: Six journaling prompts for the end of winter

This past winter has been long, cold, and dark. Hopefully, you haven’t accomplished much. I mean that in all sincerity. After all, winter is the season of hibernation; we’re not supposed to accomplish much.

Winter reminds us that rest is important.

I say so often that rest is the root of productivity, something that a culture obsessed with action often forgets.

But rest is also the root of creativity and motivation. If we spend winter resting appropriately, not only can we recover physically, but we can recover mentally and spiritually as well.

In other words, in order to be truly prepared for the dynamic, generative, and upward movement of spring we have to engage with and process the still, slow, and inward movement of winter. And the best way to do that is through journaling.