Mother Nature expresses emotion in exactly the right ways to be the healthiest she can be. She expresses it with non-judgement and non-attachment. By following nature’s example, we too can create more balance in our lives.Though not easy to grasp at first, nature is, in fact, very emotional. Traditional systems of medicine, such as Classical Five Element Chinese Medicine, describe everything in nature as having chi or life force energy. This energy is in constant transformation, cycling through different emotions or feelings that are most obvious in the seasons. Each season has an emotional quality about it that distinguishes it from another. Wouldn’t you agree that summer and winter have distinct feelings about them? When you go outside today, how do you know what season it is? You know because the environment communicates its emotional tone to you.
Here in Ontario, Canada, where I live, summer days are often hot and sunny. Playful, easy-going, joyful, friendly, full of energy and passion are ways to describe summer. It’s the time when the growth of plants are in full swing, inviting the birds and the bees to enjoy the sweet nectar of their fragrant, colourful flowers. The animals are out sunbathing, hunting for food and making sure that their young ones learn the ropes of living a successful life. Summers are productive and humming with activity.
Winter days, on the other hand, are often crisp and cold here. The feelings could be described as more introverted and withdrawn. The trees are bare and the landscape is sleeping, covered with a blanket of brilliant white snow. The plants and animals are in hibernation. It’s important to slow down in this season so that energy reserves don’t run out when food is less abundant. Winter provides a good opportunity for seeds to get the time and rest they need to germinate when winter is over and the spring rains fall.
Emotional expression sustains life
The expression of summer, winter, and all of the seasons in between are an important way in which the environment sustains itself. Without the energy of the summer, there would not be enough food produced to last throughout the winter. And without the rest in the winter, burn-out would occur and we’d soon be too tired to do anything at all.
There is neither beginning nor end, neither good nor bad—just a cycle of necessary emotions realised through the seasons that bring our environment into healthy balance and expression.
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This was first published in the June 2014 issue of Complete Wellbeing.
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