As we bid farewell to sandy toes and long sunny days of Summer, we fall into the crisp freshness of Autumn/Fall. Though we might not want it or may not be quite ready for it, we know change is coming. As the saying goes, change is the only constant. So how can we prepare ourselves for the inevitable? The answer is quite simple; we take our cue from nature. We don't fight it, we allow it and we tune in to the rhythm of the season.
Fall, a paradoxical season, is a time of harvest, preparedness and withering all at once. While I was meditating through the woods the other day, I was taken out of my trance by a squawking squirrel. As I paused to observe this creature, I thought: what could I learn from it? It was harvesting the abundance of nuts all around it and preparing for the long Winter months to come. It did so with total allowance, ease and grace. Thus, it caused me to wonder how can we, like the squirrel, navigate change and explore these aspects of the season within us.
Fall asks us to be grateful and reap the bounty of our inner/personal harvest, for all we have achieved in our lives thus far in the year. The truth is even if your life is not exactly how you want it to be or you thought you'd be further along or the intentions you've set earlier this year have yet to manifest, we can always find something to be grateful for. In the spirit of the harvesting season, I invite you to take a moment right now and think of 5 things you can be grateful for. And let me just say if you are reading this right now, in this action alone you can find at least 3.
Fall is also a time for preparation and self-reflection. In preparing for the Winter days ahead, we get to reflect on what we have gathered thus far that may holding us back or weighing us down. We investigate what we have collected in our mental and physical space that is no longer useful to us. We take stock of emotional patterns and behaviors: aspects of ourselves that need to wither away and die, much like the leaves on the trees will wither, die and fall away. And just like the trees will stand barenaked, we too have to be willing to stand naked in our truth and let fall away what is not serving us.
As we embrace the mysteries of the dark Winter nights to come and fall into our own inner darkness, we get to restore balance, re-calibrate and create space for new seeds to be planted. As we embrace our own darkness, we get to tune in to what is trying to emerge within us. This gestational period is a natural part of creation and is necessary for us to birth our grandest vision for ourselves.
The Fall Equinox on September 22 represented the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one. It reminds us that life is impermanent, thus we must gloriously live each day; death and birth are parts of the same cycle. Taking notice of nature's cycle will help you to understand your own cycle. I invite you to contemplate and ask yourself: “How will I move into the next season? What do I need to let go of? Have I gathered what I need to support me in my next cycle?”
Let this emerging Fall season remind us to embrace change, always go with the natural flow of the Universe and be ready to receive abundantly, just like the squirrel.
This post was submitted by Guerda Victor, a Transformational Life Coach & Spiritual Guide.
“I help women who are yearning for more and feeling disempowered by life circumstances, feed the rumbling in their bellies and reconnect with their power. I guide them to go beyond simple self help techniques to rise above past circumstances and make empowered choices to radically transform their lives and create 360 abundance.”
Connect with her on her website www.victoriouslivingnow.com.