4 seasonsObservation of nature allows us to come to the understanding that all life consists of cycles of change and stability. We learn to believe that changes and mysteries that are present in nature are present in our life as well. They are an integral part of the development and renewal.

Period of uncertainty gives us potential both for renewal and for despair. We have a choice.

The Chinese word “crisis” is composed of two characters: the one means “danger” and the other – “opportunity”. Our fear of the unknown warns us about danger and leads to isolation. But when we begin to believe and let the fear go, we accept the gift of unlimited possibilities.

The essence of life is changeable and mysterious.

When we walk in nature in different seasons, we come to understand that life is changeable and mysterious. Grief fills the air in late autumn, when colorful leaves cover the ground. Days are getting shorter and colder. In late winter, lovely spring-like days begin to change cold snowstorms. Nature, like life, has cycles of change and stability. Some are predictable, other appear without warning.

Our life’s passages give us the opportunity to face the uncertainty and learn to trust.

Time spent in nature, teaches us that every cycle passes. Change leads to stability, which sooner or later returns to a new change. This is the rhythm of nature and this is the rhythm of life. These cycles and rhythms are designed to move us forward. They contribute to our growth and renewal. We learn to trust in times of uncertainty.

In the observation of nature, we find that having less control gives us the opportunity to move in new directions and provides us with creative responses to life situations. The decreasing need for a specific result frees us from thinking about failures and disappointments.

Having trust in the process of life does not stop us from setting goals and striving to achieve them. It simply allows us to see if there are other opportunities.

Anna LeMind, B.A.

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