In the Northern Hemisphere we’ve begun the Autumn Season; my second favorite season highlighting nature’s profound, beautiful changes. Seeds of intention were planted at the start of the year, cultivated during the Spring. Some of us enjoyed succulent Summer Fruits, while others look forward to the Autumn Harvest.
Autumn is also a season of letting go. In the same way that trees begin to change creating an awesome array of colorful foliage that eventually falls…red, gold, orange, yellow maple and oak leaves carpeting the earth, we too must let go.
Therefore, as you reflect on this quickly passing year:
- What intentions have borne fruit, providing joy and satisfaction in our life, family, business or community?
- In what ways have you adjusted to the unexpected, the surprises or losses?
- How are you preparing to let go; particularly those people or things that do not serve, nurture or fulfill you?
Change is essential for growth. If we are to grow, we can learn to go with the flow, allowing the lessons along the way to strengthen us. No matter the season or weather of our daily lives, we may sway, climb, dive, bend…If we lose a branch or two in the winds of change, we know that new growth is taking place.
- How are you experiencing this change of season in your life?
- Are you willing to let go of something else to allow space for new growth?
- What harvest do you most want to celebrate this season?
Although we’ve officially passed the Autumn Equinox, its still important to acknowledge balance between the feminine and masculine, the sun and moon, movement and stillness…
Therefore, make these 5 self-care & soul-care practices a priority:
- Maintain alignment, balance and coherence in BodyMindSpirit through exercise, sound nutrition and proper rest.
- Ensure that your external environment supports healthy boundaries by avoiding clutter; maintain order and organization.
- Take regular refresh breaks away from your computer to move your body, breathe fresh air outdoors and get a different perspective. You’ll be more clear-headed and more productive when you take refresh breaks to renew yourself.
- Learn when and how to say, “No”, “No thank you” or “No, not at this time” without guilt, shame or apology.
- Know what you’re responsible for, what’s yours to do and stay in your lane. Avoid trying to do or control anything that is NOT your responsibility, job or task.
Remember, when we take care of ourselves first and model healthy boundaries, we’re better aligned, balanced, focused, enabling us to serve and share our gifts with the world from an ever-flowing wellspring of optimal BodyMindSpirit health and well-being.