Beyond Blue

I enjoyed this post from (former) FreshLiving blogger Valerie Reiss: suggestions on how you can change with the season. Even as I love the four seasons, I do experience some anxiety with the transition from one to another. Here are her three suggestions of how you can change with the seaasons. Get to her original post by clicking here.

1) Mark the Moment.

Notice and acknowledge to yourself that a shift is happening. It sounds corny, but see how that makes you feel–anxious, excited, ambivalent? There may even be some grief associated with letting go of the past season or entering the next–minor or major. Seasons come around every year, but they can still a big deal–let yourself fully experience whatever is real for you.

2) Honor the Shift with a Ritual.

This can mean everything from changing over your closets to throwing a cocktail party or potluck. Most of us live far from the land so we’ve lost many cues from the natural world. Summer is about bounty, in fall we enjoy the harvest and prepare for winter, a time of inwardness, and spring is the poignant new beginning that allows us to bloom all over again. See what you can do to honor the flavor of each.

3) Take Stock and Look Ahead.

I like treating each season like a new year–I get a surge of hope about who I might be and what’s next. You can sit down, reflect on the last season and what you’d like to get out of the new one–from mundane to profound. For example, looking at fall, I’d like to: a) Find a new yoga class to attend regularly b) Buy a couple of new sweaters and a denim skirt (why, oh why is every denim skirt I see bleached, ripped, and crotch-high??) c) Throw a holiday party d) Allow more love, pleasure, and joy into my life.

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