I’m sure by now, most have begun to notice how our beautiful planet mirrors our inner seasons. As humans, we have a divine connection to Mother Earth and its seasonal shifts play a vital role in our human experience. It is through this connection to our sacred Earth that we can receive the energetic activations to live our most authentic life. This is why there have been so many ancient traditions throughout history honoring the change of the seasons and other planetary events.
The Autumnal Equinox on September 22nd, is one of the most powerful days of the year as it activates transformation within us. As we witness nature slow down and pause growth for the season, it inspires us to take our own internal pause. This season is about slowing down, taking a step back and going within. What this allows us to do is obtain the clarity we have sought around specific topics in our lives, to evaluate what has or is dying energetically, and what is being born within. Taking more time to rest, to reflect, to revisit, to reclaim. This creates more space to notice miracles and beauty, to feel gratitude for what is in front of us. This allows us to move into the colder and darker months with more intention.
What’s paradoxical about this time of year is that as a society, we get very busy. School starts again after summer break and then right away the holiday season ensues. There is so much on everyone’s plates, the hustle and bustle is all around us and it just intensifies until the end of the year. Yet instinctually and energetically, we want to slow down. This can lead to overwhelm, chaos and burnout very quickly as we move into the holidays.
So what can we do? How can we deepen and protect this connection to our natural energetic rhythms? There are a few things you can do to support yourself.
Honor your body by supporting your circadian rhythm. Eat foods “close to the Earth” that were grown from the life-giving energy of the Earth, (vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds). Stay hydrated. Engage in healthy sleep habits. Get outside under the morning sky and gaze up for 5-10 minutes. Stay hydrated. Sit in meditation or just sit and close your eyes and quiet your mind daily to support your nervous system, (personally I sit and give myself Reiki every morning).
Get out into nature. Simply observe its beautiful details. Feel the fresh cool air go into your lungs. Put your hands and barefeet into the dirt. Notice the beautiful sounds and smells. Observe the different colors of the leaves and feel gratitude for their beauty. Allow the wind to remind you how quickly change can occur as it shifts directions unpredictably. Allow the trees to show you how to let go as their leaves drop effortlessly to the ground. Hear the whispers of spirit within all the plants and trees, touch the tall grasses as you walk past them, and feel the immense wisdom and love from the trees.
Journal. Gain clarity by asking the following questions:
What are you ready to let go of?
What are you excited to invite in?
How are your habits, relationships or beliefs transforming?