Each of the seasons offers a great deal of wisdom for the spiritual journey. Autumn is a season of transition, reminding us that our lives are constantly in flux. Of course change is always with us, but Fall brings us into greater awareness that we are living in a cycle of dying and rising. As the leaves change color and the trees begin to pull energy inward to prepare for the hibernation of winter, we are called to reflect on where we can surrender our masks and live more authentically. We are called to consider the things, habits, beliefs and attitudes that we may be ready to let go of for our greater good and higher learning, bringing us into deeper alignment with who we are and what we want.
Sometimes change and growth is hard! Growing pains are real, but there are things that we can do to help embrace transition and use these opportunities for greater healing and expansion.
Reframing: This is an opportunity
Many times we want to run away from the challenges in our lives. The discomfort can be so great that we say "I hate this. Why is this happening to me?!" In moments of despair, struggle and upset, we can invite a new way of seeing things. A simple question: "What does this experience have to teach me? What deeper learning and healing is in store for me now?" can shift an experience immediately. In opening our perspective, we move from contraction and fear to possibility and expansion. Tell yourself, "There is something here for me, some blessing to receive." These are new beliefs that if sincerely held, will call in Spirit to aid you.
Letting go is a process of surrendering. We all hold on tightest when our fear, anger, pride and distrust take over. In this space of resistance, it is hard to remember and know that good things can happen at any time. When you find yourself in a situation where you are certain of loss, hurt or a negative outcome, remind yourself that you are loved, and therefore safe. We can have a tendency to believe that the past predicts the future. But the truth is, at any moment you have the capacity to choose differently. Letting go of fixed notions about how things go in your life and trusting the fluidity and power of the now, short circuits and dismantles limiting mental constructs that hold us in unhealthy patterns.
Write a Letter to Yourself
What if you had a little pep talk with yourself? Pretend like you are talking to a good friend and giving all your love, support and acknowledgment. We can easily do this for another, but sometimes we forget to be kind to ourselves. Write a letter to yourself praising all that you are doing well and remind yourself that you will be ok, that these are normal growing pains and you have all the capacity and wisdom within to learn and manifest what you want and deserve. Be a good and loving friend to yourself.
Name and Celebrate the dreams
What do you want? What does it look like? Sometimes we begin to realize we are unhappy but we don't know how to change it. Starting with what we do want is an incredibly inspiring and empowering step. Some of us don't even know what we want. Spend some time writing down what you want in life, from the small detailed things like a good night's sleep or a heartfelt conversation with a friend to the biggest, most expansive dreams like writing a book, learning a new language or living by the ocean. Clarifying what we want helps to bring in the support we need to manifest it. Hold the vision and let the Universe take care of the rest.
Stay open to the guidance
Listen for the wisdom that the seasons have to offer in your life. Collect a leaf or branch or stone to bring home and put in a sacred space. Let them become a guide for the days to come. What book is suggested to you? What answers come to you when you silence yourself through a mindful walk, or morning meditation? What messages and landmarks ignite your soul and lead you along the path? The Universe is conspiring in your favor and we are constantly given information, feedback and help to point us in the right direction. Begin to listen and see, feel and know.
May this season offer you a new beginning of your own. May you be open to the surprises this life has waiting for you, and the courage to release the habits and limiting beliefs that hinder you. You are beautiful, divine and capable.