The Energy of Change
“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves. We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!” ~Humbert Wolfe
The autumn equinox marks the arrival of the season of fall, traditionally seen as a period of changes leading to the dark of winter. This change in the amount of light is a signal to animals, plants and, before the light bulb, people, of changing seasons. Darkness can be a place of silent nurturance, where the slow, steady gestation needed for inner growth can occur. It’s a time to look inside yourself and reflect on what you see. It’s a time of focus. The hustle and bustle of the warmer months is dying down and you have more time to focus on change; it’s quieter and easier to listen to your inner voice.
As you watch leaves fluttering to the ground in the fall, be reminded that nature’s cycles are mirrored in your life. Autumn is a time for letting go
and releasing things that have been a burden. The energy of your surroundings changes, and as energetic beings you reverberate that. What fulfills you in the winter is not going to energize you in the summer. Just as what invigorates you in the spring will not humble you in the fall. Change is important. It keeps you alive and present; it keeps you going. And it’s the only constant you can rely on.
As the seasons change, it is a good time to take a good look at your health and lifestyle. Review your dreams, hopes and desires for your personal and professional life. Do you need to make changes to your behaviors to realign to your goals?
Whatever changes are calling you this season, honor them. If it’s your job, feel inspired and excited to begin the search for a new one. If it’s your diet, enjoy the bounty of nature’s harvest available in the fall. If it’s your exercise routine, be grateful that the heat of the summer has died down and it’s easier to be outside, enjoying nature. Whatever it is welcome that change into your life. Use this change in seasons, this change in the Earth’s energy to move forward, out of the now and into the new.
Learning about and living in harmony with the nature of each season will help you stay healthy. Live in harmony with the world around you, see that nature is slowing down and contracting; preparing to rest so it is good for you to do the same. Sleeping a little longer, eating warming, nourishing foods, and moving inward – paying extra attention to your internal life. This is the season for you to give yourself some extra attention and self-love. Be content inside; be thankful for your present state because it is a gift that is meant to help you experience your life in an exceptional way.
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Do You Hear That?
Shhhh, do you hear that? Listen. What is it you hear? Your body is communicating with you. What is your body telling you? Is it telling you it needs rest? Does it need nourishment? How about activity? Or does your body need you to take time to connect with nature or people?
Your body is amazing, incredibly wise, and constantly communicating with you. It isn’t using vocabulary, it is using the language of feelings or sensations to communicate with you. Your body responds to everything going on in your life. What you feel from moment to moment as you move through the day is not random and it is not without purpose. The sensations or feelings you experience are feedback to alert you to the fact that something is right . . . or that something is wrong. Your body provides feedback about your health, your responses to foods, and other external influences. Every animal listens to the feedback their bodies are giving them. You are the expert in the nuances of your body and its needs.
Nurturing and supporting your body the best that you possibly can in any given moment will help ensure you are well and in balance. Let your body guide and help you with what it needs. Learn the language of your body and become an active participant in your journey towards wellness.
Take a moment right now. Close your eyes, take a few slow deep breaths. Ask yourself, “What is my body telling me right now, what can I do to support it?” Trust your body, it will guide you to the activities it needs. Be mindful and honor what your body is requesting of you.
A body in healthy balance feels good to live in!
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