The Seasons of Change: Using Nature's Wisdom to Grow Through Life's Inevitable Ups and Downs

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The Seasons of Change: Using Nature's Wisdom to Grow Through Life's Inevitable Ups and Downs


by Carol McClelland Fields
(Conari Press, 1998)

A Wise, Helpful Book that Provides Practical Tools for One of Modern Life's Greatest Challenges--Change

Whether you are in transition by choice or by circumstance, it's likely you feel at sea and adrift in your situation.

Moving through the unknowns associated with any life change can be frightening and unsettling. Please know you are not alone.

The Seasons of Change is a gentle, supportive model that uses the seasons to show you how you can navigate your transition with grace.


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Testimonials about The Seasons of Change

“Carol’s book, The Seasons of Change is a must read for anyone experiencing a major change or transition in their life, whether chosen or not chosen. It is not only beautifully written, but creatively presented. The personal stories, the metaphors, and wisdom from nature make this a brilliant and beautiful book and one that will be useful time and again.”
— Patrick Williams, MCC, President of Institute for Life Coach Training and co-author of Therapist as Life Coach: Transforming Your Practice
What a wonderful book...and how timely! It is a godsend at a time in history when change challenges us on nearly a daily basis, profoundly affecting our careers, relationships, and even our leisure activities. This is must reading, not only to cope with change but to grow into more comfortable and meaningful lives in the process.
— Hal Zina Bennett, PhD and Susan J Sparrow, authors of Follow Your Bliss
Carol McClelland Fields understands transition and how to help others come through it more successfully. The Seasons of Change is a gentle, thoughtful, useful book. When you find that the quick fix-it solutions don’t work, take a look at McClelland’s book. I think you will find it very helpful.
— Dr. William Bridges, author of Transition and Creating You & Co.
Thank you for sharing your own wisdom and insights about the Seasons of Change with me and the rest of the world. I was one of those strangers who picked up your book and somehow didn’t feel like a stranger afterwards. What a talented writer you are and obviously a very wise woman. It was a pleasure meeting you through your book.”
— Cynthia
“The Seasons of Change is a wonderful continuation and elaboration of William Bridges’ book Transitions. Carol McClelland, Ph.D. accurately and sensitively describes the emotions and process people experience when in transition. Because the Seasons of Change is based on nature, readers connect immediately to the model and have a felt sense of the process. Carol’s approach, both warm and practical, is grounded, subtle, wise, and exceptionally rich.”
— Anne Peek Professor of Human Development Graduate Program at St. Mary's University of Minnesota
Carol McClelland Fields gives us an invaluable gift, a spiraling model for change based on the rhythms and designs of the earth’s seasons. Equipped with this template, we will find all the transitions of our lives smoother, easier, more true—because they will pulse to the rhythms deep within each of us.
— David J. Kundtz, author of Stopping

Table of Contents

Part I: Discovering the Healing Power of Nature's Wisdom

Chapter 1: When Change Gets Personal
Chapter 2: What Does Change Mean to You?
Chapter 3: Where Are You in The Seasons of Change?

Part II: The Seasons of Change?

Chapter 4: Fall: Preparing for What's to Come
Chapter 5: Early Winter: Retreating and Reflecting
Chapter 6: Winter Solstice: Catching Sparks of Hope in the Darkness
Chapter 7: Late Winter: Defining Your Vision
Chapter 8: Spring: Bursting Into Bloom
Chapter 9: Summer: Celebrating Your Harvest

Part III: Finding the Help Along the Way

Chapter 10: Building Your Support Network
Chapter 11: Getting the Support You Need
Chapter 12: Making Change Your Ally


Forward by Paul Pearsall, Ph.D:

Everyone faces change--whether it's the heart-wrenching loss of a child, a partner, or a home, or the dull ache that accompanies a questionable medical test, a rumor at work, or an inner knowing that an intimate relationship is in trouble--there's really no way around it. The only choice you have is how you're going to approach the changes that are staring you in the face:

  • You can connect with your situation with a quiet, open heart, ready and willing to receive the wisdom that comes from the spontaneous insights and cellular memories you receive when you are alert to the lessons of the heart's code and its dance with the subtle energies of nature.
  • Or, you can enhance your struggle and suffering by trying to avoid your plight-trying to rationalize, deny, or escape whatever you can, even if such approaches are only the brain's way of self-protection that ultimately fail and can result in more physical, mental, and spiritual pain.