Life is cyclical.
24 hours in a day, 365 days in a month, 12 months in a year. No. Matter. What. The sun rises, the sun sets. We wake, we work, we sleep. We are born, we live, we die. There is winter, spring, summer, and fall. No. Matter. What. Our human brains are engrained with and attuned to these patterns, so it can feel very soothing to our minds and spirits when we are able to settle into the inherent patterns in life. I am never one to advocate shutting off your brain and living your life on auto-pilot, but I do believe there is something to be said for leaning into the cycles of life at play around you.
In some schools of yogic thought (including the vein in which I was trained) there is an incorporation with Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic principles (renowned schools of thought that teach you to learn about and live by these natural patterns in the universe, in yourself). One of the most basic, yet powerful, of these principles is being aware of the effects the natural seasons have on your mindset and your body. I find myself often pondering what is happening in the natural world in any given season and then noticing how that plays into attitudes and habits as human animals.
Summer is a time for being out and fiery, playful and fun. In the fall, we begin our process of burrowing in and digging down, going inward. In the winter, we pull those things and people we love close to keep us warm as we go further and further into the depths of ourselves. In the spring, we blossom and bud with newfound hope and purpose. Then we return to summer, where it is again time to share all we learned in the depths of winter, time to go outside and play, and to shake off the heaviness of being so deep within ourselves. Of course, life is never all or nothing… all of one thing and nothing of another. So even within the coldest months, we find time to play. Even in the dead of summer, we can look within ourselves. The idea is more about what is at the forefront of your mind/spirit/movements to be aligned with the natural season cycling around you.
For now… It is August. The hottest month of the year. Summer will soon be drawing to an end. The time for focusing on play and frivolity will be drawing to a close as the season for cycles, patterns, habits, and routines takes the forefront of our minds. Throughout August, as we settle back into work and school and routine, be thinking about and examining your patterns.