I suppose Spring is only a few days away. Even though many cities just got hit with what seems like a tundra, the hope that comes with Spring has already arrived. As I scroll through my social media pages, I see the fresh energy that accompanies this season. The bright colors have started to come out of the deep crevices of closets. The need to be outdoors and bask in the sun is bursting in everyone (myself included). What I like to call SPRING FEVER is almost here (I have to warn my boss every year this season that the itch to be outside in the sun is sometimes just too strong).
My favorite part about Spring is the ability to start anew. Throughout the cold winter months, we spend time collecting our resources, stocking our storehouses, and basically preparing for this season of new. Just like that first little flower bud in the tree makes its way to the sunlight outside, we too, are renewed with a spirit of bodaciousness and spunk. There is an air of resilience. We made it through the harsh and cold months. Now, it's time to celebrate our victory.
It is during these times of transition that I like to reflect on what really happened the past few months. Where am I? What changes have I noticed within myself physically, mentally, and spiritually. Transition plays a very integral role in Ayurveda. It is during this time where our bodies start to change and adapt to what's ahead. We inherently know that something new is about to happen, so we start shifting the way we do things, the way we think, the decisions we make, even if they are in very subtle ways. In my opinion, transition is where the biggest change occurs. And it's incredibly beautiful. It's incredibly beautiful if we are able to hone in on that threshold from old to new and realize the beauty that comes with stepping over that gateway into the next great thing.
With the transition of Spring comes the stepping into a fresh new perspective. We literally have the opportunity to shed the weight of winter, and blossom and bud with all that Spring has. There is a lightness that comes with Spring--a stark contrast to the heaviness that accompanies winter. A bounce in your step naturally occurs. It's pretty remarkable.
With the transition, it is our responsibility to ourselves that we take care of not only our bodies, but our minds and souls. Take time to reflect on what was and what will be. We are a house of creation; that which manifests in more ways than we can imagine.
Here are some reflection questions to think about as you move into the new season with resilience and grace.
Summer has come and gone. The autumn air is strong. Times have been reset, the nights are cooler, and the night comes a lot quicker than I anticipated. Well, it's safe to say one of my favorite seasons has finally arrived (minus the fact that it's still quite warm in the daytime, but who's upset?). It's finally time to cool off and cool down from the exhausting heat of the summer.
But, truthfully, the transition can be quite shocking to our systems. If your environment is anything like the one I live in, the cold comes quick, leaving me little to no time to prepare for the cooler and drier weather.
The key parts of autumn to take into consideration, is that it is vata time of the year. Dry, cool, rough, light are all qualities that are naturally going to be higher. Remember, that which is going on outside our bodies, is going to happen inside our bodies. We have to combat this by taking in the opposite qualities and increasing how these manifest within us! We want to favor oily, smooth, warm, and heavy in our lives. How do we become more grounded? How do we stay warm? These are questions that you should be asking.
Try to incorporate some of these tips to help you transition more smoothly:
With these tips, you'll be a-okay to take care of the fall and winter seasons!
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I can't believe that it's already July. Summer is literally in full swing across the country. Every time I open up Facebook or Instagram, I see millions of pictures of people basking in all that is summertime glory. And I love it. Pools, family vacations, beaches--all of it. Some of my best memories growing up are from this marvelous season.
With all of that amazing-ness being said, it's still just as important to take care of yourself during the summer. The sun can be a little harsh to our bodies, and with all the traveling that takes place, our bodily systems can easily be thrown off. Its important to incorporate practices and foods that are aligned with the external environment, to ensure that our internal one stays healthy and strong.
Check out some of these tips to help you stay balanced over these next few months!