The Seasons Are Changing
Today we had near freezing temperatures. Leaves are turning color, gardens are becoming barren and most of us are beginning to crave the warmth of blankets at night, soup, baked potatoes and breads which bring warmth into our bodies. Yes, the season is changing and so are we.
We can take a lesson from the earth as it begins its winter long sleep in preparation for next spring. The autumn/winter season is a time to sleep more, eat heartier foods and regenerate mind/body/soul. Of course these seasonal changes do not give us license to forget what we know: calories in should not exceed calories out; exercise is still important as is drinking enough water.
The longer evenings can give us a time to plan for what we want to accomplish for the remainder of this year and dream about what will happen in 2014. It is a time for longer conversations with friends and family while lingering over the dinner table. It is a time to read books which entertain new ideas or transport us to another place or time.
It is a time for quiet and contemplation. Walking during the day or night, looking at trees, sky and stars helps to connect us with those more primal rhythms of life which helps to restore our souls.
Yes, winter can be cold and wet but if we allow ourselves to go outside, even for a short time, to be invigorated and refreshed by the feeling of cold against our skin it will remind us that we are part of each season and as seasons change, so do we.
Dr. William Madosky
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