I just returned from a quick trip out of NYC. As a nature-starved Brooklynite, I am completely enchanted and seduced by the brilliant colors of the trees (the leaves turn a certain kind of orange-red that make me feel like I’m imploding into a single point of joy). The change in foliage is one of the things I love most about this time of year. Not just for the eye candy, but because of what it inspires in me. Connecting to nature is a way for us to connect more deeply to ourselves.
And here’s why: the seasons show us where we are in our consciousness. We are in the time of year that asks us to turn inward, slow down, get reflective.
An important part of this “quieting” is letting go of something no longer needed. If you look outside you can get some clues as to how to proceed:
These gorgeous trees are deciduous -- Latin for “that which falls off.” When we are in tune with our intuition and make a decision (same root, literally to “cut off”) about something that needs to change, we are aligning with our nature; our higher intelligence.
The non-essential dies off and only what is essential remains.
Allow yourself to ride the energetic “letting go” momentum of Fall. The elements will be supporting your choice.
So, what are you prepared to part with? What substance, behavior, person, or thought pattern that is hindering your growth can you shake loose?
Know that whatever you “cut off” now will give you the stamina to move through the darker months ahead. You have the chance to feel resourced, strengthened, and look forward to winter this year instead of dreading it. Mmmmm.
Happy "fall off" : )
What is one thing you can “cut off” from your life that is keeping you from being happy? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!