I absolutely adore fall!!!
And not just because it’s the season of my birth, but because the introvert inside me begins to truly feel at home. I feel that nature is giving us permission to go inward, to reflect, and to bask in moments of peace and solitude.
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ~ L.M. Montgomery
I always feel more present and clear once October hits. During spring and summer, I sometimes get overwhelmed by the heat, loud outdoor activities, and masses of active people out and about. Don’t get me wrong, the vibrant energy of summer is something to be appreciated, but fall feels like a welcome relief that washes over me as soon as I feel the first hint of cool air. It’s like I can take a deep breath again.
However, for many of us, fall can also be an inward struggle. As daylight diminishes and trees begin to go bare, it can leave you feeling down and depressed. This is not a surprising reaction to what’s happening in the outer world, and you are not alone if you feel this way. Sometimes going inwards can be painful or uncomfortable, especially if you are dealing with difficult circumstances in your life or feeling stuck in the grind of daily activities and responsibilities.
“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence
Whether you love fall and feel more energized, or if you have been feeling heaviness in your heart as the days go darker, I encourage you to treat this time of the season as a time of restoration. Remember that other animals of the world are preparing to hibernate, and we are part of the animal kingdom too. You have permission to give your soul attention and to go deep with your feelings. You deserve time on your couch with a cup of hot tea and a book, to feel the comfort of a warm blanket wrapped around you, or to take a hike down a tree lined path. Take in the shift that is happening in nature, and take time to be still with it, even if it’s just sitting quietly for 10 minutes a day.
For me, fall is always a time of gathering new information and pursuing new knowledge. Perhaps it’s because my daughter is back in school mode and my desire to keep learning is reinvigorated, but I find joy in creating a new reading list, enrolling in online seminars, taking a new workshop, or recommitting to my journaling and writing process. I become more consistent with a routine, and I make sure that self-care is an integral part of it.
“The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go.” ~ mayaelious.com
I invite you to look at fall as a fresh, new opportunity – for growth, change, and awareness. Just as the leaves are falling from trees, imagine what you would like to let fall away from your shoulders, from your heart, or mind. What would you like to shed or let go of? What have you been holding on so tightly too? Give yourself permission to experience some release. Even if it’s difficult and bares your soul further, do it in a nurturing way. Reach for support if you need it. Write down your feelings, and take time to truly process them. Then show yourself love and compassion by doing something that brings you joy.
Consider trying one new thing or re-committing to something that brings you joy this season, whether it’s an arts and crafts class, a new daily meditation, a workshop, or online class you’ve been thinking about it. Embrace this time to reconnect with YOU and learn something that will feed your spirit. Fall can be a time to take back your power and become stronger, more at peace.
To a truly restorative fall…