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How is the current season influencing you?

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This week's question asks:

How is the current season influencing you?

I talked to a friend a few weeks ago who lives in Australia. She expressed feeling light and energized as the summer season was beginning. Here in Sweden, the days were growing very dark, which brought about a different energy to my own being. Of course the season influences us differently from day to day, but I invite you to consider how your current season is impacting you in this moment. How does mind or body feel based on the temperature, lightness/darkness, and other environmental conditions around you?

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Always grateful for the thoughtful inquiries posted in this forum.  Thank you, @Gillian Sanger

The turning of the seasons (of of the wheel, as my teacher refers to it) brings about both subtle and more noticeable shifts in my moods, energies, thoughts, and emotions.  As my mindfulness practices deepen, so too does my awareness of these shifts.

I love the fall...something about the crispness of the air and the colors changing reminds me of the beauty that is here.  To pause and to notice it.  Yet as the winter approaches here on the east coast of the US, I sense in myself a withdrawing, or perhaps a better way to say it would be a drawing inward.  In some ways, (and even as a child I sensed this), there is a sense of protection and almost a relief at the shorter days arriving- it gives me a valid reason to stay home more, quiet, with less 'noise'.  To make more space for my introverted tendencies.  To read, sit by candlelight, slow down.  I love the cloak of darkness, the solitude (or the feeling of solitude).  I relish it actually.

Hope this finds all of you healthy, safe, and at ease.

Rachel

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Thank you for these lovely words. I really resonate with your sentiments. I certainly have strong introverted tendencies myself that the winter complements quite well.

I was just talking to my partner the other day about the seasons here in Sweden. They are more dramatic than what I am used to, a shift that has been difficult to embrace (the darker winters but the longer summer days too). However, I expressed to him a recognition the other day of things really slowly down here in the winter months. The sun is setting today at 2:50pm here in Stockholm, and so by 6pm the world outside is very still and quiet (no doubt covid has influenced this too). It was a welcomed recognition and suddenly the dramatic shift in the seasons here felt quite beautiful to me despite how shocking it can be.

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This is such a wonderful question with everything that's going on as well as the seasonal changes that come with winter. I'm also in the northern latitudes so the sun's angle is much lower during the afternoon. This causes the sunlight to enter my southern facing windows differently and casts long rectangular blocks of light on the floor. And for some reason I've always found this type of light very 'homey'. I work from home so I get to enjoy the slow progression of these beautiful illuminated shapes move across my floor. As a bonus, my dogs will sometimes bask in the warmth of the light bringing a sense of calmness to the house as well. 

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What a lovely photo and description of your home Vladimir. This looks very cozy! Is that a fireplace down below? Or maybe its a doorway...

I also love the view of the trees through the window.

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On 12/12/2020 at 3:00 AM, VBZivkovic said:

Thank you Gillian 🙂 Yes, it's a fireplace. But to be honest I never use it 🙂 

Well at the very least then it looks like a beautiful statement piece 🙂

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