The seasons of spring and autumn can be thought of as the in-between times as we transition into summer and winter respectively. In other parts of the globe the autumn is often referred to as the “fall”, and this can enhance our experience of falling into winter time. It is evident around us. Leaves slowly tumbling down.......
Some of us worship long days of bright sunlight. Others welcome a renewed feeling of summer lightness. Perhaps we avoid the heat, and go out of our way to seek shade? Summer, like each of the four seasons, arrives with its unique personality. Depending on our constitution, summer may increase our internal sense of harmony, or it may disturb our inner balance.
Winter’s accumulated snow and ice are beginning to melt on the Southern Alps of the South Island. Spring rains fall. The earth itself seems heavy with moisture, and the landscape is becoming a wellspring of life.
It is time for our planet to bring forth the latent potential within all living things. Seeds are germinating, leaves unfurling, plants budding, and insects awakening.
Shhh! Take slow, deep breaths whilst listening to softly playing music….…winter is here. The world of nature has tucked itself up it seems. There is a particular stillness that plays in winter, and with it comes a subtle invitation to redirect our own energies. The winter season holds the perfect antidote to the faster paced rhythm of the other three. This is a time to rest, reflect, hold space, visualise, withdraw some of our outwardly-focused energy and redirect it inward.
Cratageus spp., hawthorn, is a revered botanical performer in the “symphony of herbs”. It is unnecessary to have a favourite herb when there are countless to respect and admire. However, if one is to quietly reflect on treasured herbs, hawthorn has an attractive, year-round resonance. In fact, it can be likened to a classical composition, which when listened to uplifts one’s whole being. It is distinctly captivating.
Bugleweed? Could there be a weed growing in a bugle within the "symphony of herbs"?
It is the intriguing, common name of a herb originating from Europe and cold temperate Asia, which has now been naturalised in wet areas of New Zealand and Australia. Bugleweed has medicinal action for our cardiovascular, endocrine and respiratory systems. Symphony of Herbs has adopted the bugleweed name to announce the arrival of each educational post.