As long as the earth can make a Spring every year, I can.
And as long as the Earth can flower and produce nurturing fruit, I can.
· ~ Alice Walker
All of nature (of which we are part) goes through cycles of birth, growth, death and rebirth. This is just as true within us, in our emotional life, as it is in our physical lives. In the fall and winter, many of us, just like the seasons and just like much of the natural world, go into a more introspective, inward or dark place, or into a time of hibernation.
In the Spring, the light returns, the days are warmer and longer, the trees and plants begin to flower again and we hear the birds singing more clearly. This time of rebirth and flowering in the natural world is often mirrored in our internal world. Thoughts and feelings that may have been weighing heavily throughout the winter suddenly become lighter and shift, or creative solutions to seemingly unresolvable problems or issues appear.
why should we be any different than Nature of which we are human expressions?
Peggy Handler, MFT, is a psychotherapist in San Francisco's Noe Valley