Embracing the Gifts of Autumn

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As we leave the expansive, high energy of summer behind and enter into the change, transformation and release of autumn, I wanted to reflect on how we might also feel that shift in your body.
 
Summer is productive, energetic, effervescent, inspired, alive and pulsating.  A woman in her summer season is ready to adventure, move onwards, and grow!
 
This kind of energy is highly prized in our productivity-obsessed culture.  It’s seen as positive, something to aspire to, and something that you should be able to maintain at all times. 
 
However – just like Mother Nature – you too fluctuate, change, and need different things as you move through life.  

Just as you move through seasons of aliveness and productivity, so you move through seasons of feeling flat and heavy, of needing more rest and reflection, of wanting to turn inwards and hibernate.
 
But if you don’t have the language, understanding or acceptance of these shifts, you automatically think there’s something’s wrong with you, a fault that needs to be fixed.  It becomes, 
 
How can I get over this tiredness?  
How can I fix this flatness?  
How can I push through this lack of creativity?
How can I motivate myself to go out more?  
 
I desire to help you understand the language of your body as it shifts though the ‘darker’ seasons, and help you connect to the gifts within them.

I invite you to honour whatever you need to feel, express, and orientate towards right now, rather than adjusting, contorting and breaking yourself to fit into expectations and conventions.
 
Instead of thinking ‘I should be doing better’, you can change the story and ask yourself what is the gift here for me?  What is the gift of being in this season?
 

Some flavours that autumn can offer…
 
🍂 An opportunity to go underground and deepen your roots.  Strong roots are crucial to providing the anchor and strength for everything that is above ground.  Often your roots are forgotten or neglected.  Ask yourself…
 
What do I need right now to feel more supported?
 
🍁Autumn is saturated in the energy of letting go. 
Just like the trees around us, you’re invited to shed layers and things that you no longer need or no longer serve you.  Ask yourself…
 
What am I ready to let go of?
 
🍂 As you enter this ‘in-between’ season you’re invited to make peace with the unknown and the fact that we can’t control everything.  Ask yourself…
 
Where am I giving away my energy trying to control or manage something or someone?
 
🍁 Autumn is balance – at this time of year the days and nights are roughly equal in measure.  This brings an opportunity to create equilibrium between activity and rest, tuning in to what your body needs and honouring ways to support this balance more fully.  Ask yourself…
 
Where can I slow down and nourish myself more?

When you’re able embrace the season you’re in, and welcome the medicine it brings, you get to move through that season with more ease and grace, welcoming a different pace and perspective on life.
 
Mother Nature embraces her winter.   It’s not something that’s inconvenient for her, so why does it have to be inconvenient for you? 
 

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