Snow on May 1st in the high elevation desert here in Fort Collins, CO was not something I would have guessed, but mother nature knows how to take care of herself, and you. Wet snow is one of the most affective ways of hydrating the desert without causing a flash flood.
“Our bodies mirror the changing seasons.” -Shiva Rhea
Just like in our bodies we need hydration, but not chugging a bottle of water. Drinking smaller amounts of fluid through out the day is much more affective and making sure you are getting plenty of healthy oils and fats to keep the hydration in your cells.
The snow also gets rid of weak trees and branches, to help reduce kindling, for possible upcoming fires. The random snow also causes the trees to have to rebud allowing them to be stronger, work harder, and produce more resilience.
Two things can be taken away from this for us:
1. The snow is allowing us to be more resilient at fighting off viruses, and allowing us to calm down, take a break and regenerate from all the effects of the fires that increased respiratory issues, before spring allergies truly start.
2. The animals are eating a lot of extra sprouts and roots, which we should copy. *Sprouts are common for the spring but the continued snow and then regrowth has caused even more. The cold has caused the tubers/potatoes and winter vegetables to be sweeter and knocked out the beginning of fruit season. (Spring is usually marked as a Kapha season, but the overall crazy change in weather is considered Vata.) The sweet root vegetables allow Vata to ground and the dense sprouts help counteract the Kapha and increase prana.
*You can buy sprouted pumpkin and sunflower seeds and dahl at the store, or try sprouting on your own.
Let me know in the comments below how you are dealing with the weather?