The idea that the weather and people’s moods are connected is quite old. Do you agree? If yes, how does the weather affect your mood?
Yes, it does affect my mood. And I know it for sure that it affects yours too. Weather not only affects our moods but it sets temperament of people living in different climates. I don’t have any research to substantiate, just first-hand experience. I feel people living in hot climates have intense natures. They are not moderate. They are too loud and too tense. I love winters but have hard time coping up with the weather for the rest of the year. I have lived in many cities in India and observed how different were temperaments of people and how much they changed with weather situations. Here, I feel weather remains hot till November; it maybe because mystic fire makes me hotter than normal. I feel very good weather throughout December, January and February. March is preparation for April and May. By June you are crying out loud to almighty for your emancipation and have accepted your fate. July and August bring no rains here no more. September and October are spent with the anticipation of heaven which November brings. When some things are called good, some others become bad.
People living in lukewarm climates seem to have even temperaments. It’s also true that places with good climates become industrial hubs very soon, inviting people who are well-off, so there might not be a great temperament but certainly some mannerism which lacks in places disposed otherwise. It is also true that most of the people living in a certain climate have same karma, so even if their individual karma is good they have to cope with collective karma of the place and that is related to weather, in turn affecting their temperaments towards their karmic dispositions. The place where I was born and lived most of my life has extremely hot weather year around, so people here are loud, intense and show affection or hatred boldly. I have lived in other places where people behave much more politely and are reserved in their expressions. I have also lived in the places where people behave like people at my native places do as climates are similar.
I feel harsh weathers do add to human suffering. Humans are fighting a zillion wars at once and weather when it is harsh doesn’t offer any solace either. When you are sweating enormously because of intense humidity and your shirt becomes wet every two minutes you are bound to feel agitated. I read that accidents are more in summers. It’s obvious that heat alters the chemistry of blood and changes hormones too. There is a reason why sages used to live in hilly terrains, woods and himalayan regions in ancient times. It’s necessary to have healthy body and mind which are at peace to advance in meditation and yogic practices. You can’t fight a thousand wars at once.
If climate is not harsh it facilitates meditation, study and research. Hot climate takes most of the energy to cope with sweat, heat, itching and irritation, thereby making it difficult to focus on more important things. Russian mystic George Gurdjieff used to recommend people to not complain about weathers. We start chatting about weather when we are most bored. In this part of the world weather has changed drastically over last ten years. Earlier it used to rain a lot in rainy season because there were so many trees around. We had so many options and playgrounds to play cricket matches. Now there is barely enough space and kids play on roads all the time. It barely rains in the rainy season. It rained only four times this season. It rains in winter a few times too, which is an added feature because it was not there before! It all will seem like a complaint but it isn’t. I am the most content man around as I have accepted life along with weather. The content man can’t compose a piece of a prose which highlights nuances of weather affecting people around him without dissolving boundaries by being neptunian. So borrowing from people around me and my past selves I wear a mask of a reporter and do the job. On second thoughts this last line was not necessary because you understand that anyway!