This blog post has been ruminating in my mind for the past few weeks. As the nights have gotten shorter and the air just a bit cooler, I’ve been allowing myself the opportunity to bare witness to not only the shifts happening in season — but also to the shifts happening within.
For me, embracing and honoring this seasonal shift looks like paying attention to Mama Gaia and the lessons that she has for me. It has been a reminder to slow down and celebrate the harvest of spring and summer intentions brought to fruition. It has been a time of reflection, change and inner standing.
If we allow ourselves to come back to center, quiet our minds and open our hearts, we will all be able to receive the guidance from Mother Earth needed in order to help us overstand how to fully embrace and honor these shifts.
What Does Embracing Shifts In Season and Self Look Like?
Rest & Routine. While Summer is all about fun, catering to physical activity and outward connection, Autumn reminds us to cater to our intellect and to nurture our connection to self and Spirit. This is the time that we prioritize our desire to (intentionally) pause, slow down, relax and rest.
Summer routines can’t stay the same in Fall. I mean, they can — but will they feel good? The shift between shorter days and longer nights can leave us feeling off-balance, if we don’t honor the natural cycles happening within nature and ourselves. This is a time to re-evaluate what feels good in ritual and routine. Maybe this is the season where you rise earlier in order to make the most of your day. Maybe this is the season where lean deeper into shadow work. Or tune in deeper to Moon magick.
Either way, embracing (and honoring) the shift in season, can help you embrace the shifts happening within you. Remember that just as the light of day holds answers and insights, so does the darkness. Honor that.
Remember that intentional rest and routines look and feel different for everyone.
Reflection, Realignment + Shifting With Nature. There are so many lessons in nature. Each year, trees and autumn leaves teach me to see beauty and value in things as they change. Everything is impermanent. Once we acknowledge and honor this and stop trying to force things to stay the same or resisting a change (that is inevitable), we receive and learn the lessons with so much more ease.
Trees shed their leaves because it is no longer needed in the months ahead. Just like Mother Nature, we may have emotions, unhealthy habits, or routines that we need to release in order to feel better and move forward. The falling leaves remind me to slow down. To take inventory. To shed the old — to shed what no longer is needed — what no longer is in alignment — what no longer feels good, in order to make room for what is. It reminds me to take the lessons learned and to think about how I am going to implement them as I shift.
For change to happen, we must make room for it. We must give ourselves grace as we change. We must see the beauty in all versions of ourselves. Letting go and embracing change is not about having less; it’s about seeing the opportunities of all that we have to gain, once we allow things to just be – even as we are shifting.
The beauty is, that once we reflect and release … realignment with the things that bring us joy, ease, peace of mind and abundance happens with ease.
Acknowledge Your Fears. Shifts and change can spark fear. Something I have learned along my journey is that instead of fighting the fear, we should embrace it. Fear has the ability to keep us stagnant or propel us forward. Running from fear keeps us repeating the same battles and cycles. But, if we allow ourselves to sit face to face with fear, we are able to identify the root cause of it. We can transmute the energy of fear into excitement, give ourselves grace on our new journeys and shift with more ease.
What’s The Best That Could Happen? Thinking about the worst outcome is the conditioning of society and is also rooted in fear. If you struggle with embracing new seasons of self, I urge you to try envisioning the best possible outcome each shift and change could bring. Make a list of all the potential opportunities this new season may offer. Embody the lessons you’ve learned and align yourself (in mind, body and spirit) with these potential opportunities.
Reseting with Gratitude. New seasons allow for new beginnings and opportunities. It is also a reminder to practice gratitude. Gratitude for past lessons and present blessings. So, give yourself permission to start fresh. Allow yourself to be present in the now. To begin this new journey into exploration of self.
Affirmations To Journey With … On Embracing Shifts In Self
- I lovingly embrace new versions of myself.
- It is okay for what feels good to and for me, to change.
- I honor the vastness of my being. I am multidimensional and there is beauty in each part of myself.
- I am constantly evolving and growing. I align myself with things, people and opportunities that make space for these powerful transformations.
𝚂𝚠𝚎𝚎𝚝 𝚁𝚎𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚜: 𝙱𝚎 𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚊𝚜 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚜𝚑𝚒𝚏𝚝. 𝚃𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚐𝚛𝚘𝚠𝚝𝚑 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚋𝚎𝚊𝚞𝚝𝚢 𝚒𝚗 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚜, 𝚒𝚗 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚘𝚏 𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚟𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚖𝚜.
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