One of the reasons I love living in Maine is the majesty of the four seasons. Moving with the rhythm of the seasons allows us to tap into a great power.
We are so inextricably linked to our environment that to move against the natural flow of the seasons creates resistance in our lives.
The summer, ruled by the sun, is a time of activity and growth. As we move into autumn we are invited to become more introspective and to embrace this time of change.
“The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let go.” -Anonymous
Autumn is a time for letting go. A tree doesn’t try to cling desperately to its dead leaves, nor does it fear that if it lets go it will never have beautiful green leaves again. And yet, so easily this is what the prospect of letting go feels like to us.
If you journal, meditate, have a yoga practice, or take walks outside take a quiet moment and ask yourself any of these questions:
- What am I being invited to let go of?
- Where am I hanging onto something that doesn’t serve me?
- How would my life feel different if I let go of that ______ ? (belief, habit, person, expectation, goal, possession, etc.)
Hear the answers gently and without judgement. If there is resistance just witness it. Asking the question is the first step, beginning to make new choices based on the answer is the second step.
Through letting go we free ourselves and create the life we desire.
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The world around us tries to teach us that we get what we want by adding more, more, more. Imagine if the trees prescribed to this logic? Letting go uncovers who we are and what we desire.
To begin embracing the wisdom of the seasons, start where you are. All you have to do is make small loving choices, following Mother Nature’s lead. If you feel disconnected from her wisdom just spend more time outside, you’ll tap back in.