Have you ever had a day that went by without a single moment of productivity? It usually starts with waking up in the morning and feeling too cold to remove your blanket. You then have to deal with the day continuing in a sort of a grey blur, the kind that no amount of coffee will revitalize. A mental fogginess may also keep you locked in never-ending daydreams and fantasies.

While it may be annoying and inconvenient, it's perfectly natural to have days and even weeks when we are unproductive and sleep and eat more. The fall and winter months tend to affect most people in this manner, especially those in tune with their innate rhythms.

The colder seasons are a time of inner contemplation, conserving energy, and holding space to nourish ourselves.

Lying low during the cold is just one example of how our bodies adapted to match the step of nature. Not only do we act differently during the changing seasons, but we are also keenly aware of the moon's phases.

The full moon and the days leading up to it contain potent and even chaotic energy, allowing us to access parts of our unconscious feelings. Some people report having a higher sense of agitation during the full moon, but it can be a time of spiritual transmutation through meditation and creative activities.

Another interesting example of energetic cycles is sleep. Within a family, there are always some morning people and others who thrive at night. This mix of early risers and night owls is typical within a tribe. Some have theorized that it is to ensure naturally occurring night watches. With some members awake and some asleep, the whole tribe is safer throughout the night and day.

If we tune into our energetic phases, we may discover that there is a purpose in following our instincts more often than not. But, of course, the same is true of all of our innate desires. Our instincts know what is best, not only for our survival but also for our ability to thrive naturally.

The voice of our ancestors echoes silently within us. Listen, and you will gain their wisdom.
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