Going with the flow of nature’s seasonal changes isn’t always easy. If we give it a chance to guide us, we may find it‘s gifts and let it take us along for the ride.
As humans, we are part of nature and part of its natural cycles, but we may not always feel like we are in sync with them which may make them seem difficult to move through. We might be experiencing some resistance in ourselves to making the shift from the warm, active Summer energy to the cooler, shorter days of Autumn, finding it a little harder to keep balance within ourselves. If we take a moment to follow nature’s lead, let ourselves slow down a little bit and direct our focus internally, we may just find the groundedness we need for those transitions to go a bit more smoothly. We might even consider finding ways to set up our lives so that as each new season inevitably arrives, we are able to move with it and its inherent energy and use that to our advantage to maintain stability in our lives, rather than feeling like we’re being thrown off kilter.
As the leaves begin to change color and the natural world is beginning to transition, preparing for the shorter and colder days ahead, so too are we in a time of transition. This time of year is just one part of nature’s complete yearly cycle… from tender, new growth in the Spring, reaching the peak of strength, stability, and expression in the summer months, to showing its dormant colors ever so briefly yet vibrantly in Autumn before slowing way down and retreating, to internally protect against the cold Winter months, while preserving the nutrients and energy needed for next Spring’s growth.
Taking our cues from nature, we can use this time now to reflect and harvest whats come to fruition over the Summer, letting go of things we no longer need or that are draining our energy, focus and prepare to build up our base through the winter, and prepare to sprout fresh, new ideas and endeavors in the Spring that we can nurture and grow to full fruition in the next Summer season.
We can also follow nature’s cues to keep us healthy through these seasonal transitions by eating what’s currently being harvested. If you have any farmers markets near you, then you’ll easily know what’s in season and what grows naturally in your local and regional area. As the weather gets a bit cooler, we want to find those things that warm us up from the inside, like cinnamon, ginger, pepper. We may also still have some excess heat from the Summer so things like apples and plums are a great way to calm that down and help us transition. Depending on where you live, different fruits and vegetables will be available, but you can generally trust nature’s wisdom and choose what you like from her plentiful bounty.
Take some moments for yourself in the coming days and weeks. Try embracing the energy that this season’s changes are bringing with it, and see if you can make this and future transitions work in your favor. You may just find you’ll be welcoming the next one rather than fighting against it!