These shifts in seasons aren't always ushered in quietly. Our systems and bodies may well react more strongly to these changes than we realize, even though it's not so noticeable on the surface.
Just look at the effects of the moon on the tides. And what's up with that barometric pressure? We may not understand all the reasons for these shifts. But there's no denying they exist.
It's been said that the cycles of the four seasons mirror cycles within ourselves. Learning Strategies Corp., a personal development training company, encourages us to align ourselves and to be "in tune" with the following characteristics of the seasons:
Winter: Spiritual growth
As autumn approaches, we harvest the fruits of our labors, slow down and prepare for the winter shift where we tend to go inside our homes for comfort -- and inside ourselves for wisdom. Drawing on the focus on relationships, it's a good time to take stock of all our relationships.
Strengthen associations with your co-workers as well as any project, job or venture in which you're involved. You may also want to take a hard look at where you need to free yourself from energy that no longer serves you. Balance the intensity needed to achieve results with the time to enjoy your loved ones. And build relationships in work and play that create well being for yourself and your world.
So, if you're feeling a little "off," you may just be going through a seasonal adjustment. Of course, there may be external adjustments, too -- like that first kindergartener going to school or that first child leaving for college.
As we travel through the four seasons, there are lots of twists and turns. Why do you think The Byrds interjected "turn, turn, turn" into their lyrics? Even though we've gotten away from many of the cycles in nature and may not notice the subtle shifts, it's a pretty good bet that much of this inherent wisdom from nature is hardwired into our systems.
Shift happens. Just be gentle on yourself as you go through the phases. And everything will be hunky-dory.
Linda Arnold, MBA, is a certified wellness instructor and chairwoman/CEO of The Arnold Agency, an advertising, public-relations and government-relations firm. Reader inquiries may be directed to Linda Arnold, The Arnold Agency, 117 Summers St., Charleston, WV 25301, or e-mailed to livinglifefu...@arnoldagency.com.