Do you feel that urgency to savor the last warm days of the year?
With crisp mornings, shorter days, warmer foods, and colorful harvests in preparation for colder months ahead… I am awed by the vibrant colors aglow. Nature is showing us what it means to slow down, let go and release.
As the leaves fall, an internal signal turns on, and I reflect on what has been shed this year — all that has passed on in the turning of time, all that can be grieved — and what that means about where we are at in life right now.
The energies of seasonal shifts affect everyone differently. If you’re a sun lover, this time of year can spark worry about the colder months to come. If you love the holiday season, this time of year can ignite a spark of anticipation.
Autumn’s natural turning inward
reminds us to reflect and reorientate for colder months ahead.
Collectively, we have been schooled hard this year, in a “pandemic curriculum.” The dynamics of change, uncertainty and impermanence thrust upon us all. Because of that…
I encourage you to join me and practice the awareness of what is truly important to you — perhaps consciously storing inside you what brings your soul, your mind and your body, deep comfort.
From last month, pause with me to investigate the internal cultivation of what sustains and uplifts you.
With an intentional heart, I ask:
What is serving you?
What is blocking you?
What is wanting your attention?
Just like the first pot of hearty stew this season simmering on my stove, let these ponderings steep within you for a little while. Then, continue reading below where I share deeper practices on how you can create a month that feels aligned and nourishing for you.
With so much political unrest, environmental destruction, social change and health management consuming our minds and daily actions, it is important to me, for myself and for YOU, to absorb inspiration and messages of growth as well.
This month I invite you to cozy up with your favorite cup of hot tea for a special Anxiety Relief Clinic, Once Upon a Time… Stories that nourish and heal the soul. Powerful stories shift our awareness to what is possible or what was beyond our logical understanding.
Let yourself be guided and entranced like a child in a faraway fantasy. Stories are designed to sink deeply inside all the places within that need the most nourishment and care. We will practice this together:
Breathe in, and receive what is nourishing,
Breath out, and release anything that doesn’t serve you.
The Practice of Reflecting and Listening:
Setting a quiet, intentional space, I ground myself with a few clearing breaths. With practice, I allow my inner knowing to guide me for each of these Autumn Reflections. You may like to have paper and pen close by or voice record (in your phone) what arises for you. You can even begin by lighting a candle and making an intention to be aware and attentive of your feelings.
With only a few months left in 2020, invite your true voice forward to discover your dreams and plans for the rest of the year:
- What do I want for myself this month?
- What do I want to see myself doing more of in the next two months?
- What can I begin immediately that feels inspiring?
- If challenges arise along the way, how do I want to meet them?
- Am I longing for something that has been lost?
- What have I tried to ignore?
- What feels like something unspoken inside me from this turbulent year?
- What resources do I need? What resources do I have?
- What is in the way of what I want?
- How can I clear the path for myself?
- What support can I offer myself?
- What kind of support can I request from others?
Be with and allow for whatever comes forward and for as long as you need. You can come back to this practice or return to specific questions throughout the month. If one of the reflections feels particularly challenging or brings up even more inside, listen to that inner wisdom and be open to where it leads you.
After all, in nature, as the leaves fall to the ground and start to decay, their purpose doesn’t end the moment they drop. In fact, a beautiful process of nutrient-dense absorption is just beginning!
All the smallest particles that gave that one single leaf life now penetrate deep into the earth for greater richness and renewal. All the minerals from the recycled leaf feed the soil in preparation to nurture new seeds, keeping them safe throughout winter until they are ready to crack open in spring and start the cycle over again!
This process of birth, death and regrowth is part of our being human as well. Just like taking out the trash, our hearts and minds need the same cleansing – energy in, garbage out!
Breathe in and receive what is nourishing,
Release and let go of the waste.
So with your Autumn Reflections in your heart, continue practicing this cycle of receiving and releasing.
Inspiration in, Limitations out.
Dreams in, Blocks out.
Renewal in, Unhelpful stories out.
To close, I want to share a poem from Amit Ray with you:
In every change,
in every falling leaf
there is some pain,
And that’s the way
new leaves grow.
In case you missed it, you can still enroll for Reshape (your body) and Reset (your mind)! Beginning October 7th for 7 weeks, we will practice intermittent and alternate day fasting to lose weight with mindful eating habits. With my special guest, Cecilia Gordon, this group class will get you to your goal to feel better being in your body.