What’s Your Season?

It’s an accomplishment to have made it through winter. I feel that way every spring. I feel that way after a difficult period.

Sauk River in Cold Spring, MN

I appreciated winter this year. It was the long rest that I needed after this. I am thrilled my energy has returned, even for gardening. I didn’t think it would.

The longer days of light are growing now, coming before the warmth, before color.

It crept up, almost imperceptibly. Then one day, it was daylight past the time the dishes were done.

Frozen Sauk River

Spring rises up in us, like in nature. Soon the trees will be tinged with green. The sap will push buds open, and perhaps push you open, too.

The leaves emerge. Not long after, flowers. It’s like a long stretch, just after waking.

The transition from winter to spring is a time of sitting with uncertainty, and wild swings. It is a time to have faith that what is needed will come.

Our lives, even our days have seasons, too. Sometimes they match with the outside world, sometimes not. What season of life are you in?

Principles of Chinese Medicine

This is what Chinese Medicine has to say about the elements? What do you say?

Spring: This season can bring out anger and jealousy. It’s the sound of shouting. Stage of development: birth – resurrection. There is a tendency toward upward motion of things. It is a time of steamed food. It’s windy.

  • Waken, rise, and prepare at this time. There’s an increase in energy. Opportunities become visible.

Summer: This season can bring out joy. It’s the sound of laughter and talking. Stage of development: growth. There is a tendency toward the periphery of things. It is a time of raw food. It’s hot.

  • Increase social activity, produce, and enjoy at this time. You’re in the groove.

Fall: This season can bring out grief, sorrow, and worry. It’s the sound of weeping, wailing and crying. Stage of development: decline. There is a tendency toward downward motion of things. It is a time of baked food. It’s dry and cold.

  • Collect, reflect, and save at this time. You’re worn from work, and ready for rest.

Winter: This season can bring out fear and depression. It’s the sound of groaning and complaining. Stage of development: death – letting go. There is a tendency toward the center of things. It is a time of sauteed food. It’s cold, dark, and wet.

  • Rest, retreat, recharge, and renew at this time. Go within. Sit with the unknown. Resources are scarce, unless you’ve saved.

My mom and I were out for a walk last weekend. It was cold, but spring was evident in the ice thaw. Spring came, and the Sauk River melts in Cold Spring, Minnesota.

Do you feel the retreat of winter, the rise of spring, the action of summer, or the decline of autumn? Wishing you the best in your season.

image and video credits: Melting of the Sauk River 2014 Marie LaForce

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  1. So beautiful, Marie. Your photography always makes me feel that I am IN the scene (not merely looking at a picture). I found the Chinese Medicine perspective on the seasons especially fascinating. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Lisa, I am honored by your comment about the photos I share. That’s cool to feel like you’re IN the picture, that you’re there. I would like the same looking at someone else’s photo.

    I know your work in mediation and conflict resolution is influenced by your training in the martial arts. I, too, think the perspective of seasons in life is interesting combining it with the teachings of Chinese Medicine.

    It’s combining different interests, views, and perspectives that makes way for new thinking, new solutions to problems, and new ways to see the world.

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