Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - March 16, 2005)
Dream with me of spring
Are you hungry or finding it hard to sleep? Are you
feeling depressed but cant seem to find any reason for it? You may be
suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder.
|Photo by Rick Tremmel
|The monarch butterfly lays her
eggs under the leaves of host plant butterfly milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa L.
I think there must be a lot of bear spirit in me because each winter as spring
nears I get restless, crave comfort foods and on occasion and for no apparent
reason, feel blue. Ill be glad when the sun doesnt set at 6:36 in the
It happens every year like this and I guess Im not alone because since the
1980s researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health began to call this
Every year, people who suffer from SAD experience a predictable pattern: the
downturn typically begins as daylight hours dwindle in the fall; symptoms become
more severe in January or February, and then symptoms lift as the Vernal Equinox
approaches ... In people who suffer from SAD, the short daylight hours of winter
seem to play havoc with the bodys clock, somehow upsetting their circadian or
normal biological rhythms that influence sleepiness, hunger and other physiological
and psychological functions. (DepressionIssues.com)
March 20, the sun enters the sign of Aries and spring begins: the Spring or Vernal
Equinox. On the first Sunday, April 3, Daylight Saving Time gives us another hour
in the evening to soak up some sun. Fall Back Spring Forward. The purpose of
Daylight Saving Time is to offset peak power usage times.
Theres purpose and benefit to our earth for these bureaucratic changes, but
my body still says it feels unnatural. I cant get used to it. In
spite of enclosed environments of artificial light, electrically engineered
man-made heating and magical cooling systems, we still need the warmth of
natures sun. We are governed by the tides. We are regulated by the seasons.
We are human, hunters and gatherers, attuned to the light of the natural day.
The winter has been long. I need to sit under a tree and listen to the bees gather
nectar from the blossoms. I need to know winter will be over soon. I need to see
spring flowers and hope. I need to see the Monarch butterfly lay new eggs bringing
the promise of a new future. I need to canoe with my canine buddy and watch the sun
set at 9. I recall my mother used to say, The darkest hour is just before
dawn. So let us sit around the table as friends. Please pass me another cup
of that thick coffee there, Ardy. Latch the door and poke a stick at the
fires embers. Share with me a winter story. Celebrate this long dark night
full of stars and honor Mother Earth while dreaming with me of spring back to
Saturday, March 19: Lake Seminole Park Restoration Project: Lake Seminole
Park Pond 4 Volunteers are needed to install 3,000 native plants. Call
Debbie Chayet at 464-5111.
Sunday, March 20, at 7:33 a.m. Spring Equinox Traditional Sun/Earth
Karen can be reached at MyMuddyPawsStudio@gmail.com.