One of the unspoken goals I have had since moving to our homestead has been to synchronize our lifestyle to the rhythm of the seasons.
To me, this is a concept that goes way beyond eating tomatoes in the summer.
To me, it means bringing the outside indoors, duplicating the four season pattern of rest, renewal, growth, and reflection into our every day habits.
I was delighted then, to recently discover The Homespun Seasonal Living Workbook by Kathie Lapcevik. This resource is a series of interactive lessons broken down over twelve weeks, spanning the course of a single season.
The lessons are concise and easy to read. Kathie’s manner is gentle and encouraging. Every week is a new approach at honoring the season followed by a simple assignment. The lessons are presented as a series of suggestions, with no right or wrong answers.
The reader is encouraged to keep it small and simple, to let go of perfection. Her approach is free spirited. You’ll find no rigid spreadsheets or checklists here.
While some lessons touch on the obvious such as eating local and seasonally, many encourage a simple awareness with the goal of being content.
There were four suggestions that stood out to me in particular:
Journal as a way of connecting to the season
If writing isn’t your thing, it doesn’t have to be through written words. Kathie encourages you to sketch or photograph images of the surrounding season in order to create awareness.
Create Seasonal Grooves
This was one suggestion that particularly resonated with me. Choose something: a craft, a hobby, or a skill, and practice it as a way to connect with the seasons. For example, gather and arrange wildflowers in the spring, knit during the winter, can applesauce in the fall.
One ritual that I have started is to reread The Secret Garden at the break of every winter, in order to rediscover the magic of gardening and see the blooming of daffodils through Mary Lennox’s eyes.
Create a Seasonal Refuge
Choose a specific area as a place where you can settle and rejuvenate. Bring something from the outside to that spot to ground you to the season.
My quiet place is a pink chair in the corner of our bedroom. I have it situated close to a window where I can sit and watch the wind, the rain, and sometimes the snow. In the summer, we enjoy sitting on our back porch where we can watch the pond.
Bloom Where You are Planted
How many times do we wish for what we don’t currently have? Or, in the middle of a freezing cold winter, wish for the heat of summer? In this lesson we’re encouraged to find ways to embrace the present and cherish the gifts that each season gives us.
For those of us who are busy on our homesteads, even at this slow-paced time of year reading and journaling may seem like tasks that should be relegated to the bottom of our list. However, I found this to be an easy read, and at just sixteen pages, one can easily get an overview in an hour.
Apart from that, it offers reminders of why we choose to live connected to the earth in the first place.
I eagerly look forward to incorporating Kathie’s lessons into my seasonal routine and would encourage you to do the same.
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