The Seasons and becoming

Life exists of rhythms and tunes; ebbs and flows that vary daily, monthly, and yearly, and even over many years. The Solshine team uses tools that help us tune into the present rhythms. When we are in sync with the rhythm we eliminate burnout and decision-making from a place of fear or scarcity. With known boundaries of when to push and when to recede, we move with the fluctuations of life instead of against it.

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If we practice listening to the cadence of life we can make decisions from an informed place. We can optimize on periods where we are called to work as well as  fully retreat into rest, honoring this yin and yang of life.

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For example, Winter is a season that invites a calmer melody. The shortened hours of sunlight relieve us of long, full days. Ayurveda is an ancient science from India, it observed the elements in the world, in foods, and also in the body, it discovered through observation the intimate connection between body and mind. Ayurveda suggests a particular diet and routine to compliment this environment. We then zoom in even closer as we examine lunar cycles. Each phase of the moon has a different flavor.

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For example, even in winter when we have a fuller moon we are encouraged to find our edge, to create, and expend more. This is because when the moon is bright in the sky there is more energy available to us. Think about summer days when the sun is out for longer periods of time, often marked by lots of plans BBQs, hikes etc, it is the natural urge to do more when there is light from either the sun or moon.

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I know personally, using the moon to coordinate my physical activity provides a balanced agenda, for example when the moon is fuller I will attend a hot yoga class or vinyasa flow, something that I know will challenge me and help to find my edge. I have discovered that I can be a bit lazy, but when I know that the waning moon approaches, my slower pace is within sight and becomes all that much sweeter after staying with my edge during the waxing moon.

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Zoom in even further and you find that the 24 hours of our days are attributed with optimal work/rest times. I  use the Ayurvedic cycles of the day, but there is also the Chinese Medicine cycle to reference as well.

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The cycles of the day are associated with the Doshas, aka the elements. Vata = air and ether, Pitta = fire with a little water, Kapha= earth and water. Individuals tend to fit into one of these three energies and can be Vata, Pitta, or Kapha-dominant. Vata times of the day which are from 2-6 AM / PM are good for creativity, intentional exercise, and meditation. Pitta times 10 - 2 AM / PM are good for focused work and good for digestion, as the fire is strong within the body. This is not an ideal time for exercise unless it is cooling to the mind and body. Kapha times from 6-10 AM/PM of the day are great for connecting with others, planning out details, and movement -- think high-endurance exercise or cardio. Find your Dosha here!

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Ayurveda offers simple principles that are easy to comprehend and integrate into your life. It is the law of opposites. When working to achieve balance we identify what is in excess and then bring in the opposite qualities. If it is cold outside we eat warm soups, sip on warm tea, bundle up to bring heat into our lives. We start to notice the qualities of our mind, body, of the food we ingest and we realize the power we hold in every decision. This month Solshine is offering a seasonal recipe.

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Astrology is the study of planets. Thousands of years ago our ancestors realized there was a connection between the movements of these celestial bodies and our world. We can use astrology like a cosmic forecast. It is another tool to stay connected to the tempo of life. Before we had calendars, we used the stars and constellations to keep track of seasons.

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It was from observation and study that Astrology was created. You will notice, much like Ayurveda that all of the zodiacs are also associated with an element, fire, water, air, and water. Each of these practices and ways of knowing offers us additional tools to stay in-tempo with the rhythms of life. If we remain open to the channels that communicate energetic callings, we may live a harmonious life, connected to the ebbs and flow of our bodies and our surroundings.


As above, so below. 


Sam