Everywhere I look at the moment, I see yellow leaves, free-falling gently towards the earth. My back garden is covered in them and I’m sweeping the front path daily to keep it clear. Gold and orange drifts of dry, crackly leaves pile up on the pavements and I’ve been happily indulging my old childhood pleasure of shuffling through them and kicking them up in front of me. It always makes me smile!
Yes – autumn is here, and like all seasonal changes, this time of year draws us into a sense of needing to change gear within ourselves. Our energy responds to the changes in temperature, the damp, the mists, the cold and the diminishing hours of sunlight, not to mention the need for warmer clothes and heating in our homes. And with less inclination to spend time outdoors, we may become aware of subtle shifts within ourselves as we’re nudged towards a need to take stock of where we are and become more reflective. We may also find ourselves wondering where the year has gone and why we constantly find ourselves engulfed by too much to do and not enough time. We’re definitely into the “OMG, it’s nearly CHRISTMAS!” mode.
There’s no doubt about it – “Time flies like butter on hot toast” as one of my elderly aunts used to say! And not having enough time to do everything I need to do is certainly a problem I regularly encounter. This month I seem to have been particularly busy and in fact, most of the people I come in contact with tell me they’ve got an awful lot on their plates right now for one reason or another. It’s easy to get into overwhelm in such situations and the best way I know to counteract that is to take time out to pause and be still for a while on a regular – preferably daily – basis
You can press the pause button in all sorts of ways. Meditation is top of the list, but there’s other things you could do. You could instead enjoy walking in nature or spending a bit of time gazing at a lovely view or sunset. You can even do it by quietly watching the antics of squirrels as they chase each other around, gathering nuts and bulbs for their winter stores. Stroking a purring cat on your lap is also very soothing and can take your mind into a welcome space for a while but any pause you can bring into your life which causes you to stop and let the thinking processes wind down is always good.
Autumn is a time of change and there’s no doubt that many changes are happening on our planet at the moment. So it’s not surprising that the upheavals and revolutions manifesting in one form or another (i.e. Dictators being toppled, climate change, the need to drastically alter our financial systems, and the general economic-down-turn, etc., etc.,) will have an effect upon us. Change is often difficult and uncomfortable but frequently necessary. It can also be extremely positive! It’s worth holding on to the fact that change is the only constant in life.
Without change, nothing would grow.
Autumn is about weighing up the harvest and moving gently towards the wintery mode of reflection. Doing some clutter clearing – or at least, sorting through those things left undone -is key to keeping our energies clear. Anything needing our attention can be seen metaphorically as leaves that need to be swept up, bagged and put somewhere to compost. Whatever we’ve achieved so far this year – in big or small ways – can be seen as part our harvest. So we need to sort through the bounty, measure the quality and worth of it all and then stash it away safely knowing that whatever value we give it, it’s all good ‘fertiliser’ for things which could unfold next year.
Set aside a little time to consider your journey since January. Try seeing that all the ups and downs you’ve experienced are all part of ONE continuous cycle. Just like nature, we go through periods of growth, blossoming, change and apparent stillness (these are the times when we think we’re stuck or in a rut or when we think nothing is happening!), and remind yourself that actually, you never stop growing.
This is a good time of year to re-instate your gratitude lists. Remember, the small things in life are often the most precious. Before you go to sleep each night, try to bring to mind five things which have occurred during the day for which you’re grateful. It could be something as simple as finding a seat on the train to work instead of having to stand for the whole journey; a welcome phone call or email from a friend; feeling grateful that the sun was shining; a little bit of kindness or understanding from a work colleague, or delighting in the sight of some pretty flowers in somebody’s garden. The more you think about gratitude, abundance of every kind is drawn towards you- and abundance is what autumn is all about!
Finally, let’s not forget that autumn brings with it a healing energy which is as gentle as the liquid gold of the sunshine that pours down upon us as summer fades. This energy can be found in our hearts and in the stillness we can create by PAUSING and giving our restless minds the time to BE STILL! By getting in touch with your heart energy you can allow the warmth and strength that emanates from that area to melt the onset of frosts and comfort you from the damp and the cold.
HEART WARMING EXERCISE
Place your hands on your heart and feel their warmth. And as you do this, think of the warmth that your heart gives out also. Heart energy is incredibly powerful and has been measured scientifically and shown to be much stronger than the energy of the brain Use the incredible warmth of your heart to beam love, kindness and compassion down into your body and soak up all that goodness as if you were a piece of blotting paper. Spend some time doing this.
Then, when it feels right, beam all that love out towards the Earth and all its inhabitants and spend some time doing that, too.
This is a lovely thing to experience and do and will take you to a place of great peace and serenity.