For the past few weeks, we’ve experienced shorter days, with darkness falling earlier in the evening. Many people are greatly affected by this changing pattern of daylight and darkness, often called the “winter blues.”

Nature’s transitions, like differing amounts of daylight and colder temperatures, throw many of us off balance. We find ourselves feeling blue or struggling with a cold, flu, or stomach virus. But isn’t it interesting that other beings are able to easily flow with whatever Nature may bring? Animals sense the weather changing and begin their winter preparations. Flowers and trees go dormant and lose their leaves to conserve energy for the winter months. If trees didn’t lose their leaves, imagine what might happen—the heavy branches would come crashing down from the weight of the ice and snow. Nature knows. Follow its patterns.

Follow these tips to become one with Nature and to allow yourself to flow harmoniously with its changes and seasonal patterns.

1. Be Peaceful: You are part of Nature, so everything that happens in the outer world also has an affect on you. As the weather gets cooler and nighttime falls earlier, spend your time resting and being peaceful. Let go of your worries and allow your mind and body to deeply rest.

2. Meditate or Practice: During this seasonal transition, sit in quiet meditation or hold the Qigong posture, ‘The Dragon Stands Between Heaven and Earth.’ Doing so will help you connect with infinite Universal power. You never know what messages are being sent and what “information” you will receive.

3. Be Observant: Watch the animals. Notice how their patterns begin to change. Are birds chirping louder than usual or is Nature suddenly quiet? How do plants and animals adjust to these seasonal changes? Remember, we are all energy beings—infinitely connected.

4. Eat and Think for Healing: Treat your body right! Start by feeding yourself warm, loving foods and warm, loving thoughts. Remember, on a lower level, you are what you eat. But on a higher level, you are what you think.

5. Bundle Up and Get Outside: On a sunny day, bundle up and get outside. Let the sun shine on your face. Absorb all of Nature’s goodness and notice how its creatures are reveling in the warm sunshine, too.

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