I’m sure you’ve all noticed how the nights have been drawing in and that there’s a definite nip in the air, especially at night. The days have actually been getting shorter since the Summer Solstice on June 21st . From that date in high summer, the sun began sinking almost imperceptibly as Earth began a new phase in her natural energies.
Now is the time when Nature delivers up her fruitful abundance. In the olden days, this was a season of acknowledging abundance and change and celebrating with songs and prayers of gratitude.
You might like to try my “Ritual for the Autumn Equinox” in Chapter 16 of my book Finding the River as a way of welcoming in the Autumn.
Change is a natural element which is woven into the pattern of life. And because Autumn is a time of transition, it often brings up a sense of melancholy about the passing of summer as the vibrant colours of July and August fade and the leaves begin to fall.
Letting go and moving on to other things is part and parcel of change. But accepting new circumstances in our lives is often difficult, especially if you’ve been going through a challenging time. One of the best ways of responding to the ‘slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” as Shakespeare called them, is to try to develop a more philosophical attitude towards adjusting to alterations in your life and remind yourself not only that all things must pass, but that you can grow from every situation – good or bad – if you choose to do so. It’s also helpful to recall that if you’re partly responsible for any undesirable situation in your life, then you’re also capable of transforming it into something more positive. Energy techniques such as EFT or EmoTrance are tremendously helpful in helping you to let go of difficult emotions and limiting beliefs.
As well as accepting change, it’s also very important to remember to express your gratitude for all the good things in your life. Nurturing and maintaining a sense of gratitude enables your whole energy system to start vibrating at a higher frequency, allowing you to attract and receive more beneficial events and circumstances. This is the basis of the Law of Attraction.
Practising gratitude is enormously healing and it’s very worthwhile to get into the habit of making a short list of everything you’re grateful for before you go to sleep at night. Scientific research has proved that developing an attitude of gratitude is the best way of raising your happiness levels and that happy people tend to cope better when things get bad. So don’t forget to always count your blessings! And try doing the exercise below:
How to make gratitude lists
- Keep a notebook and pen beside your bed
- Each night before you go to sleep, list FIVE things that have happened during the day for which you feel gratitude. (These can range from the smallest things like “the sun was shining”, “I managed to find a seat on the train to work”, “a stranger smiled at me for no particular reason” to larger things like “I got that job I was after”, “ s/he told me s/he loved me!” and “I’ve come into some money”.
- Beside each of the five things, write a short note about how they’ve benefitted you.
- Then turn out the light and go to sleep
Once you’ve got into the groove of writing gratitude lists, you can make mental lists instead before you go to sleep. Whichever way you do it, you’ll find it automatically takes you into a more positive frame of mind and frequently results in you feeling better about yourself and the world when you wake up.
“When you change the way you look at things,
the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer