In the modern world it is easy to disconnect from nature.

We easily forget how the seasons affect us.

Living in modern cities we act as if there are no seasons.

We may change our clothes but not our habits.

Back when we lived closer to the land, we knew how to live with the seasons.

We learned to plant in the spring, water in the summer, harvest in the fall, and rest in the winter.

Yet in today's world there is no season for rest.

We are constantly planting, watering, harvesting in our businesses and our careers.

There might be a week or two we take off for a vacation, yet often there is no rest.

We travel from one place to another, trying to make the most of our time.

Rushing to fill out the days with all the things we can't do while we work.

So even in our time of rest, we are not resting.

Being so disconnected from nature it is not surprising there is an epidemic of stress and disease in our culture.

The answer to how live a more harmonious life is all around us.

We just have to open up our eyes and pay attention.

Even the birds know when to fly south for the winter.

This does not mean we have give up all of our modern conveniences.

It merely means paying attention to the nature that is all around us.

By flowing with the cycles of the seasons we live a healthier life.

Learning from the plants and animals, understanding that they have much to teach us.

All indigenous cultures understand this.

When we follow the season we are in harmony with nature.

To live a healthier, happier, and longer life all we have to do is pay attention and honor the environment we live in.

These artificial structures and rules that society has developed does not serve us.

For they are artificial, not based in nature.

When we follow nature we are following our true inner compass.

And that inner compass never takes us off course.

So as we enter into the time of winter in the North, and summer in the South, let us remember.

Winter is for resting. Spring is for planting. Summer is for watering. And Autumn is for harvesting.

It's so simple, yet not easy for us to follow in this modern world.

How can you start to follow the seasons in your own life?

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

Host of The Conscious Consultant Hour