Last night was the longest night of the year. Winter Solstice 2020 was, honestly, a breath of fresh air. I mentioned this on my Instagram post for the solstice, but Winter Solstice has always been important to me. It’s about connecting with those we love in the darkness, holding onto Read more…
The Minnesotans reading this in December of 2020 just laughed ruefully.
There is no great amount of snow out right now; everything is just brown and cold. The only snow we have in the forecast is next Saturday.
It can be hard to understand why it’s still important to follow the flow of the seasons when the world outside doesn’t match the descriptions of what it’s “supposed” to look like according to a 2000 year old book.
The answer is actually simple: it’s less about the weather and more about the movement of the sun.
We are in wintery crunch time right now – the most yin time of year. The Greater Snow seasonal node is the last seasonal node before winter solstice and is one of the most important nodes for us to focus on before the season pivots.(more…)
Have you turned on your air conditioning yet? I don’t know what it is about 2020, but a hot and humid Small Fullness seasonal node is not what I expect from Minnesota.
This year is weird. But hey, at least we are getting thunderstorms now.
Last week we entered the second seasonal node of summer and this post will cover the diet and lifestyle changes we should keep in mind as we move more deeply into the season of firstname.lastname@example.org
If there has been one comfort during the Corona-crisis it is the constant of change.
The natural world’s impetus for change can’t be denied or prevented by any being, mammal or virus, on this planet.
Nothing lasts forever and neither will this.
Regardless of everything that’s happened since February, the seasons march on. Spring has shifted into summer.
The expansiveness of summer is palpable and now more than ever you have the chance to harness that change for greater health.
But first, a little explanation about why I’m telling you that summer started at the beginning of May.(more…)
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.(more…)
While we’re all adjusting to stay at home orders the world around us marches on. This past weekend the spring equinox seasonal node shifted to the clear and bright seasonal node.
It’s this inevitability of change that is giving me a foundation of hope and positivity in chaotic times.
The only universal constant is change. Cycles persist.
So, while our lives are wrought with emotional anarchy, social disharmony, and disruption to our routines, maybe we can find solace in the quiet, patient turn of the seasons.
And to do so for the next two weeks, we turn to the wisdom of the clear and bright seasonal node.(more…)
Things are moving beneath the earth.
Rather than being the premise of a horror movie, this is an exciting sign of seasonal progression.
Roots spread their toes and stretch through the soil, drawing in the nutrients needed to drive shoots upward, out of the darkness, towards the sunlight.
The frost releases its hold on the topsoil, allowing water from melting snow to bathe the new life below in the water.
And insects awaken.
They run the winter’s hibernation from their eyes and get to work beneath the earth helping with nutrient exchange and preparing the plants above them for the tremendous growth ahead.
The Insects Awaken seasonal node is about movement: upwards toward the sun and around our bodies underneath our skin, to help us function better in the world around this. And the way to accomplish that is simple.(more…)
Despite the recent -35 F windchill, 2020 marches forward into the Rain Water seasonal node. Practically speaking, we Minnesotans are a long way off from literal rain water. But then, we’re also at a very different latitude than the Ancient Chinese sages who named the seasonal node thousands of years ago.
But the different latitude doesn’t mean that we escape the energetics of the next two weeks. The days are getting longer which means yang is getting stronger. The generative energy of spring is getting more obvious every day and if we wait until we see actual rain water, we’re going to miss out on a huge part of the season.
The Rain Water seasonal node, like the Great Cold seasonal node, is about two very important things: protecting our qi and protecting our yang. But this time, we’re protecting these vital substances for a very different reason.
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Despite the icy roads, dirty snowbanks, and freezing temperatures, spring has finally come to Minnesota. The trees aren’t budding and the flowers aren’t blooming but the upward movement of yang is finally showing itself in noticeably longer days.
February 4th marks the Beginning of Spring seasonal node, and these next two weeks are about harnessing the generative energy of spring. When we ride the upward momentum of spring with proper dietary changes, exercises, and lifestyle choices everything flows a little more easily.
Gone are the days of me telling you that it’s time to rest. We’re leaving that behind in the cold and dark days of winter. Now it is time to plant those seeds of yang you birthed at the winter solstice and make some changes in your life.
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.