I wanted to share a monster post with you talking about the significance of the autumn equinox and offer some Self Care Tips and ideas for Rituals to help you transition and find balance.
Although it feels strange to talk about autumn when it´s still Blazin´ (Squad...sorry, i couldn't help myself), Autumn is officially upon us. The winds of change. Shorter days and longer nights. Leaving the glorious and gluttonous summer behind as we make big shifts and transition towards winter. Endings and beginnings
...Can you feel it?
Transition is not always comfortable, that's for sure. Hence why i wanted to offer this course:
To inspire and support you through the transition towards the darker colder months, hopefully with more tools and support to navigate it as spaciously as possible.
My relationship with Autumn
I haven't always been comfortable with transitions. And I used to really struggle with this time of year. The S.A.D was real. Living in Norway and experiencing the extreme weather and darkness of winter that was literally like an episode of Fargo (just with more rain), i struggled to find the light. Literally.
But experiencing my fair share of Norwegian autumns and winters really gave me the greatest gift: To really appreciate this idea of creating light for myself. Yeah yeah, i know that might sound like something cheddary you see on Pinterest (...and i do spend a fair amount of time on there to be fair...) but it´s true. It's good to remind ourselves that you can *ahem* weather the storms of autumn and winter, the shifts and turns in between, and in fact, any wild ride be it a change in season or a massive life shift.
But you have to start with yourself first. Knowhatimean?
...You know what i'm going to say here. It's about self care (again..) but it's core to all of this. Because it's necessary. You can read all the links/articles/magazines/blogs you like that tell you "click here for the only 10 things you need to get motivated/find your pizzaz/get a job/be happy this season", but it's not going to change anything unless it comes from you. That is, with your own reflections and considerations. It's not a one-size fits all thing.
But- there might be some stuff of value that pings your pants which you can apply or adapt for yourself to get what you want. Be it balance. Contentment. A job. Self acceptance. etc.
So, I´ve written this monster blog/course/package/offering for you about this thing called Autumn, which is a super symbolic season in our calendar, but its lessons it can be applied to life whatever the season. There´s offerings and some examples of things that you might explore, but see what works for you. I really hope it helps you to find inspiration and the balance you need to ride out transitions, *ahem* whatever the weather.
Releasing resistance around transitions
It´s worth a reminder:
There are seasons in our lives for being out there, grafting, getting shit done, and just as importantly, there are times for us to pause to reflect, take stock, to do not a lot. Just as nature is very much dependant on the fine and intricate balance of life, so we must also concern ourselves with the appropriate ways for us to find balance. In whatever form. If you´re ever in doubt about the cycles and your part in them, take a little walk, observing what´s around you. You might be able to see the obvious signifyers of the season. Perhaps you can listen out for the sounds. Yeah, beyond the traffic. Notice the smells as well as the colours. Use your senses to tune into the natural rhythm of the universe. Things happening in taking the time they need to take.
Shall we dive right in with an audio meditation?
*****insert audio ******
Farewell to summer
Goodbye to that lighter, more energetic season, a time where we are busy packing in lots of activities and probably outside a lot. Autumn in contrast, offers a period of harvest: things dying off, coming to a natural end, a time we become more introverted, reflective and, well, simply not as energetic as summertime.
As the trees shed their leaves and go back into the earth, we are also afforded the opportunity to draw in, retreat, reflect and reconnect by releasing the stuff we don't need. Because with endings also come new beginnings. We are part of a bigger cycle.
Releasing resistance around transitions
Through any transition in life - in this case, summer to autumn, the body can get depleted.
In the summer, our energy peaks and we tend to have more beans. Everything is ripe and in bloom. Then we start to move towards autumn and the weather changes. Wind increases, temperature gets cooler. We see leaves start to release from the trees, and there's a movement towards things dropping back towards the ground to repeat the cycle all over again. Even though things seem to be ending, really, it's simply a transition.
Our energy also shifts throughout the year (and the months, and the days of course), so its important to honour that and our own cycles.