With summer officially behind us (at least according to the calendar), thoughts are turning to autumn. If you’re anything like my friends and family on the East Coast, you’re probably thinking of sweaters, colder weather, pumpkins, and watching the leaves change color. For a lot of people, autumn is their favorite time of year. I love autumn too, partly because it’s a glorious reminder from nature about the wonder of change.
Change is inevitable, and beautiful.
There’s nothing better than nature to prove this idea, season after season. I love that nature reminds me how incredible change can be, and how exciting it is adapting to new things in the world. While I currently live near the beach in Southern California, I spent many years living in New York. I remember how special it was to watch the bright green leaves of summer turn into such rich, warm colors.
Autumn in most parts of the country seems to be the shortest season, and I’ve always thought it was an incredible reminder of being grateful for what you have while you have it. If we saw those bright red and yellow leaves all year long, it wouldn’t feel as special, would it? We take this season, all the seasons really, to appreciate what’s good about them, before rolling into the next season, and appreciating what that offers.
Fall is a powerful time to clear out old energy.
It’s a great time to clear out the gunk, so you can work on rejuvenating yourself through the winter, and be refreshed for spring! As you see the leaves fall from the trees around you, follow suit, and let things go. Those leaves don’t stay shining and bright forever, eventually they turn brown and start to rot. This is what happens to you when you hold onto things you don’t need anymore.
It’s not possible to hold onto things forever, and no one was better off by refusing to adapt, to change. People are meant to evolve, constantly. You’re always supposed to be learning, and changing, and becoming a more beautiful soul.
This season is a great time to identify the things you want to work on, and to take the slower months of winter to really dig deep into yourself. If you live in colder climates where snow and ice keep you inside, winter can be an incredible time for deep work on yourself. Fall is the perfect time to start these changes. Nature itself is showing you how powerful this time can be, because true change can’t happen if old pattens don’t evolve and become new patterns.
Change happens best when there is room and space to clear out what’s no longer good for you.
To adapt, to you need to allow yourself time and space, and to prioritize your own well being. To become a newer, better you, you first have to get comfortable with the idea of letting things go, actually let them go, and trust that incredible new things will come when the time is right.
Again, nature shows us this idea all the time. Think of very early spring, how exciting it is to see the first green buds pop through the cold ground. It’s so fascinating, watching those flowers push through, until they bloom and bring a bright burst of color to the world. If you put in the work to change, to adapt, and to have the patience to wait, stunning things come forth.
Life is meant to be a cycle. That idea exists in every religion and every culture, and nothing shows the beauty of a cycle better than nature. Fall leaves, to winter snow, to spring buds, to full summer bloom. Over and over again. Even different climates showcase this change, albeit a little less noticeably. It’s still there.
Change is powerful. It’s important.
So, wherever you are in the world, take these coming weeks before the holidays to check in with yourself. What are you feeling? What positive change do you want to make? Who do you want to be?
Take the time to listen for those answers, and take the time during these months when life is a little bit slower to roll into those changes. Make daily commitments to whatever it is you want, and by the time the flowers bud next spring- you can be a whole new person.
Robin Lee is a medical intuitive, author, mentor, gratitude advocate, and speaker who has helped thousands of people around the world understand the language of their bodies. Robin believes that our bodies innately know how to balance and heal themselves if given proper care and support. Visit her website and follow her on Facebook and Twitter, where she shares tips, tools, and techniques to honor our bodies and heal our lives!
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