I’ve started talking to other people about living closer to the seasons. I don’t go all “I’m all pagan” or “I’m a druid,” but I’ve started trying different things to live closer to the seasons and I’ve started telling people why.
For now, they’re really simple things:
- I try to eat seasonally
- I’m experimenting with fasting during the winter months
- I’ve considered not trimming my beard in the winter
- In the summer, I’ve thought of exercising more
I don’t know that any of them are ‘right,’ even in the ‘for me’ sense. I’m just saying that I’m experimenting and want to find things that work for me.
But, without anybody asking, I’ve started trying to think of how to explain it to the people I’m talking to. And, if you don’t want to bust out “I’m trying to get closer to the Earth Mother,” it’s hard to figure out what to say.
I’ve thought of a lot of things to say, but it’s important to note that they’re all secondary to me. They’re just the reasons that I think are valid, and can be busted out without unneccarily deepening the conversation.
- It’s nice to have a reason to vary your routine — fasting now and working out more in the summer I can experiment with both, while having a clear deadline of when I can plan to stop
- I’m drawn to anything that lets me think I’m getting closer to my ‘primordial self,’ whether that’s a thing or not
- It gives a sense of place. Like keeping track of the phase of the moon, even though it’s mostly irrelevant in modern life
One of the things that appeals to me about paganism is the way most pagans don’t encourage missionary work. I’m not looking for arguments to use to enlist someone, but I’ve really enjoyed the effort that I’ve made and it feels like more than just an artifact of my paganism. It’s like the meditation, which has been great for me. With the meditation, however, I find it easy to point to why I like it.
So, I guess I’m wondering what you think. Is getting closer to the seasons a universal good, or is it something specific to nature-spirituality?