Looking back on my farming beginnings, I observe a connection between the harshness and the strength of the Summer months. The trees—what few there are on the Texas plains—hold strong in the Summer’s windy heat. Garden crops and yard shrubbery grow stout to withstand the daily fifteen to twenty miles per hour “breezes.” It amused my husband on his first visit to my family’s farm to see all the trees leaning north.
Summer also brings tornado season, when Nature fiercely demonstrates her power. Developing strong roots, in spite of the often daily weather adversity, proved valuable to those Texas trees. Likewise, it’s important for us to cultivate a strong and healthy internal root system in order to withstand the difficulties life sometimes throws at us. Summertime, with its climate extremes, offers the perfect growing season to tend to our inner roots. Once again, our beautiful body responds to seasonal change. Learning to care for our body’s Summer needs directly affects how well it will function in the Fall/Autumn and Winter.
To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul. ~Simone Weil, French philosopher
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