It has been said many times before, that the only constant in the world is change. Everything shifts and alters. Even the body that you have now is not the same body that you had at birth. You are forever growing and forever shifting; even when those shifts are not seen or felt.
Since everything in the universe is constantly shifting, often in cycles, stagnation feels very uncomfortable. Yet people often feel a conflict because they associate change with sacrifice or loss. So the very thing that makes us who we are is feared most.
While change can be associated with sacrifice and loss, it can also be associated with growth and abundance. When hot sunny days give way to the coolness of fall, there is a change that takes place. The change from summer to fall results in the shedding of leaves, and what appears to be loss. This appearance of loss continues into the winter, when the days decrease in length and plant life can almost seem completely barren.
During these colder seasons, people often spend more times in their home being warm. Animals such as bears hibernate, birds fly south in search of warmer weather. The winter gives an appearance of death. The darkness is much more apparent than that of day light. As the winter solstice hits the sun rest at the same point for 3 days, which makes those 3 days identical in length. From there, the days began to get longer.
As winter gives way to spring, the sun begins to shine more throughout the day and things are once again shifting towards growth. Soon the spring is soon realized, bringing with it blossoming flowers and an abundance of life emerge. This abundance continues into the summer.
Planting the Right Seeds in the Right Season
What’s interesting about the changing of the seasons is that in each season, there are things that the season is ripe for. Certain crops are fall and winter crops, while others are spring and summer. If you know when and how to plant the right seeds, you will forever be fed. Of course you may not be able to have watermelon for thanksgiving or pumpkin pie in the summer, but if you are willing to change with the times you can see wonderful growth even in the heart of winter.
Its change that brings forth growth, builds strength, and refines wisdom. When we fail to shift with the season, we set ourselves up to experience loss and death. That death can be metaphorical or it can be quite literal depending on what you are refusing to change. It is resistance to change that causes suffering. Change may be painful but it is temporary, whereas stagnation brings about suffering which is indefinite.
The cycle of seasons is a very well-known concept amongst ancient societies and was used as the foundation for spiritual practices, myths, and personal growth. They saw the correlation between the outer world and the inner world. Though your seasons may not correspond to the outer world, by paying attention to your feelings and things going on in your life you can easily realize what season you are in.
Understanding The Times
In your inner state of winter, where everything seems like it may be all bad, use what you have and go within to find warmth. This may be why many holidays around the world are celebrated in the colder months in the northern hemisphere. The very seeds you plant in times of winter will soon blossom in your inner spring. So be cheerful, loving, and giving even when it seems there is not much to be cheerful about; for you are surely sowing the seeds that you will undoubtedly reap.
If you are in a time of spring where everything is opening up and things are feeling wonderful, continue to be thankful and plant those seeds of gratitude so that your summer will be even more wonderful. What you plant in the summer when things are full of life, will set the tone for what you experience in the fall. As you go through your ups and downs, your ins and outs, and your seasons of change; know that you are always preparing for the next season. So enjoy the current season, and plant the right seeds to prepare for that which is approaching.