Look beyond the beauty of Autumn and see the valuable lessons nature can teach you about transition, surrender, and letting go.
Autumn, with its rich tones and cooling temperatures is more than just a beautiful season. From embracing change, surrendering to the inevitable, and learning the art of letting go there is much you can learn. So let’s explore the wisdom of Autumn and look at four valuable lessons it can teach you.
1. Let’s start with the obvious one – letting go!
Autumn reminds us of the importance of letting go. It shows us that within the cycle of life there comes a time to let go and release those things that no longer serve you. Human nature encourages us to hold tightly to things and yet Autumn shows us how to transition and surrender through this process in glorious Technicolor.
All too often we cling to the past, hold our wounds tightly and get fixed and locked down with certain habits or mindsets. However behaving this way often causes us more suffering. Life is happier and easier when we can flow, surrender and let go. So grab a pen and paper and begin to explore the following questions:
- What no longer serves you?
- What do you need to stop carrying?
- What is it time to let go of?
- What burdens can you release?
2. Embrace change
Autumn reminds us of the impermanence of life. Furthermore it promotes the fact that change is inevitable and essential. Given the unpredictable nature of life you’d think we would be accustomed to dealing with change. However the reality is the opposite, for the most part human beings hate change and go to extraordinary lengths to avoid it. Far from shunning change autumn reminds us that change is an inherent part of the cycle of life. Moreover it shows us how to embrace change effortlessly. Just like the falling leaves you have to let go in order to move forward, you have to clear the old to make way for the new. Therefore take a moment to look at the subject of change within your life and consider the following question:
- What change is taking place in your life right now?
- What change needs to be taking place?
- What do you need to clear the way for?
- What changes can you make that would be beneficial?
- Is there anything that you should be changing and might have avoided?
3. The metaphor of healing
The four seasons are great metaphors on the cycles of life. When life throws us into chaos we tumble into the change and transition of autumn. When we are wounded and hurt we retreat and hunker down in the darkness of winter. Consequently there comes a time, just like spring when we slowly start to come back to life before we blossom again under a summer sun.
We go through our own seasons of life. Pause and reflect on this for a moment.
- What season are you in right now?
- What action do you need to take to support yourself at this time?
- Do you need to rest and hibernate, grow and expand, blossom and shine or surrender and let go?
4. Delight in the detail
Autumn is a beautiful time and yet most of us go about our lives too busy and distracted to notice. Use this stunning season as a reminder to live more mindfully. To take a slower and more thoughtful, considered pace to life. Pay attention to the colours of the sky, the falling leaves, the sound of frost beneath your feet, the birds whose songs still chirrup bright and clear. Start paying attention to the natural world.
- Make a point of noticing the natural world more
- Use all of your senses to experience Autumn in a whole new way
- Start paying attention to the glimmers (the small moments of joy, wonder and awe that each day offers)
Acting as the bridge between the joyful abundance of summer and the darker winter months, autumn is a season that is associated with great transition. It is the season that invites us to witness the graceful art of letting go, surrendering to change and the descent of nature into a period of rest. There is so much wisdom that we can glean from nature. I hope that you will look at the natural world with new eyes of appreciation and wonder.
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