Lately, the word, and the act of surrender, have been on my mind heavily. Every day that passes, the older I get, the more wisdom I find, and comfort I feel, in surrendering to nature, and the natural cycles. Allowing what is, and what always has been, to just… To wash over me, as I lean in.

In the spring, we begin to open our sleepy eyes. The sun returns. The natural world emerges from the cold dirt, from underground. That which died springs back, renewed. Momentum slowly starts to pick up. Seeds are planted. We emerge from our cozy homes to explore a bit.

Summer. Fiery summer. A time of action, liveliness, fiery creation, heat. The peak of sweetness and ripeness. I want to dance and make plans, and suck in every moment of it. Barefoot in the grass, blue skies.

Slowly, summer comes to an end, the darkness begins to creep in, and magical autumn appears. Everything begins to slow. We reap the end of the harvests, it gets cold. We begin to draw into ourselves, into our homes. We want to nourish ourselves. Nature begins to shed itself, leaves die. The world begins to fall asleep. Contemplative.

And powerful winter. The harshest season. We have to cuddle up next to the fire, and other bodies, for warmth. We need more silence. Things are allowed to die. We learn so much about ourselves. Our abilities to overcome. We save our energy for when Spring will come back around, and it is time to head out into the big world again.

I find there is healing and magic in listening to our earth, and following its lead. Knowing when you have plenty of energy, knowing when to save it. Knowing when to look for more connections in people, knowing how to bring it back in for self. Root down.

Its all cyclical.

“Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”

― Eckhart Tolle