Have you noticed how your mood and energy levels shift with the seasons? I can always trace my slower pace to Mabon, the day of the Autumn Equinox and my faster pace to Ostara, the Spring Equinox. If, like me, you are living in a western Urban environment you are probably discouraged from responding to the earth’s cues by the continuous pace that modern life demands and the amenities that allow us to keep living fast and comfortably. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of life has a lot to say on the subject of Ritucharya, or seasonal living. Years ago on retreat in Thailand I met Kimanna Nichols, an Ayurvedic practitioner I can strongly recommend. I went to him complaining of lethargy and low moods, this was how I interpreted my body’s response to winter. As though there was something wrong with me. It was a revelation to be told that I could have compassion for my body as it goes into its natural winter rhythm of quietness, contemplation and rest. That this is the time to take care of myself and soothe myself with warm, sweet, rich foods and spices. This connection to the body’s reaction to the seasons is an expression of self-compassion and a way to channel your body’s wisdom and intuition.