Each of the seasons has its own particular energy that represents where nature is in its recurring cycle of birth, transformation, and death. In the months when summer transitions to fall, nature prepares for the coming changes by shedding what it no longer needs.
However, winter is really about hibernation and the incubation of what will be renewed again with the coming of spring. In actuality, there is no death—just a long, deep sleep as nature’s energy changes form.
Let Go of Unnecessary Things
You know that the days will be shorter, the temperature will be colder, and some of your creature comforts won’t be available. What do you want to let go of? What has become too burdensome or unnecessary on your journey?
Like nature, you need to clear out the thick brush and rid yourself of things you’ve been afraid to let go of. It’s time to abandon the rules of society that seek to convince you it’s not acceptable to speak your truth—to quiet that voice that convinces you to stay uncomfortably comfortable right where you are.
Now Breathe… and Meditate
During this fall season, retreat inward, light a candle, and see what cobwebs need clearing.
Try this guided meditation to tune in, listen, and reflect on where you are in your life.
Find a comfortable seat on your couch, chair, or in your favorite place in nature.
Settle into your body by connecting with your breath—slowly inhaling through your nose, slowly exhaling through your mouth. Notice how your body and mind begin to soften and relax.
Visualize a scene from nature during the fall: the reds, browns, darker greens, and yellows of the terrain around you, a cool breeze blowing, and the dryness of the brush, branches, and earth.
Now, imagine that your body, your breath, your emotions, and your mind are an extension of nature. Perhaps you see yourself as a tall oak tree, the mist rising off a lake at dawn, or you’re simply basking in the late afternoon sunset or the golden glow of a harvest moon.
Be aware that you are about to embark on an inward journey. As you prepare to rest and prepare for the budding of a new you after the winter ice thaws, dare yourself to dream of:
- who you would like to be
- the activities you want to do
- the environment you thrive in most
- the lifestyle you want to have when you wake up from your deep sleep
Next, notice an area of your life where there is some heaviness—a burden or an unnecessary load. Let yourself see where there is an over-accumulation of physical stuff, emotional upset, mental challenges, or spiritual disconnect.
Next, reconnect with your dream of what your life could look like, feel like, and sound like once you are free of the burdensome weight you have been carrying. Create an internal representation (a visual image, a feeling, or a sound) of how you, your life, and your surroundings could be different.
Now, envisioning the traits or characteristics that are empowering you to create change, ask yourself “what action steps do I need to take to feel inspired and motivated to charge powerfully forward? Ask your heart for guidance rather than your intellect, and allow yourself to hear what practice you need to cultivate or what action you need to take to prune your inner-outer world to clear a path for your next journey.
When you are ready, take a few slow, deep breaths and open your eyes. Take out your journal or notebook and make notes about whatever came up for you during the guided meditation. Write down:
- How you want to be living your life
- What needs to be cleared out or pruned
- What qualities or characteristics you need to embrace
- What specific action steps you need to take, including something you can do today
Go do that thing today. Tomorrow, do the next thing, and so on.
This will help you take charge of your life. It’s a process of letting go of anything that isn’t you—toxic relationships, limiting beliefs, and obstacles that prevent you from living your dream.
So now is the time to let go of anything you need to leave behind as you begin a new season.
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