The Autumn equinox marks the arrival of a new season, a new chapter and a season of change.  Autumn is where the daylight hours get shorter and the nights grow darker and it’s a time of change for so many reasons. As human beings we can learn so much from this ‘season of change’ by merely observing the changes that occur naturally in nature, this is the beginning of a new cycle, a new chapter.

This season is one of our prettiest seasons and it’s my favourite time of the year.

 I look forward to the days where the sun shines high and the air is crisp, with leaves on the ground and a chill in the mist, where the evenings grow longer and the days are much shorter and we live in amazement at the true beauty of nature.

It’s this time of the year that provides us with a fond reminder of the times we’ve spent together in the great outdoors, we enjoy our long country walks and our time together where we get to explore and discover nature at its best.  It’s a season of renewal and regrowth and for families a time of celebration and gathering as we celebrate Hallows Eve and Guy Fawkes Night.  It’s a time to create more memories that last a life time and a time for gratitude, appreciation and change.

The lessons Autumn can teach us

On the Autumn equinox, day and night are of equal length. This signals the need to balance light and darkness within us and this is a reminder that balance within us is important too.

Finding balance – In today’s world we strive for so much and sometimes can forget the importance of simple living.  It’s important to have something to strive for in this world; a goal and/or a dream but, it’s important to remember how to manage our energy levels.  There are times when we push ourselves beyond our limits and this can leave us feeling exhausted, overwhelmed or burnt out.  Autumn reminds us that balancing light and darkness is important and we can learn that balance is important for us all.

Autumn Action: Are there areas in your life where you could gain more of a balance? If so, how could you do this?

 Letting go – Autumn is a time for letting go and releasing things that have become a burden to us, this could be the things that cause us worry, concern or stress.  Now is the time to accept the situation and release the burden.  Autumn reminds us of the fleeting nature of our lives and it reminds us that the things that surround us change, change is inevitable, we see first-hand the tree letting go of the leaves and we observe them gently fluttering to the ground.

Autumn Action: Take a moment to notice what concerns or worries you have at this present time?  Let go of the ones you cannot influence or control.

Acceptance of change – Autumn reminds us of the impermanence of everything. With each season we observe the changes in nature and yet somehow we just accept them for what they are but, at times we can struggle to accept change in our own lives.  Change can take many forms, it could be jobs, change in situations and/or circumstance however, once we accept change is inevitable it makes it all somewhat easier.

Autumn Action: What change is occurring for you right now? How does this make you feel? What action would you take to help you accept this situation?

Mindfulness – This season creates true beauty in the colours it displays and the changes in nature it brings.  Mindfulness encourages us to live fully, openly and in the present moment.  Autumn encourages us to use our conscious mind to notice everyday things, the leaves on the ground, the chill in the air, the darker evenings and the most magnificent range of colours that are on display everywhere we look.

Autumn Action: Take a moment to take some time to notice the beauty around you today.  Talk a walk today, breathe in the fresh Autumn air and take a moment to notice everything.

Renewal

This is one of the most important lessons of Autumn, the trees are letting go of their leaves and standing strong, all bare and tall.  They are covered in bare branches, they stand there all vulnerable yet beautiful.  They are open to change and are prepared to shed their leaves even with an awareness that the cold weather conditions are headed their way.

But, they know that in order to change they must let go of their leaves, be open to change and accept what comes their way.  People often mourn what they had and what they’ve lost and this is natural but, at some point in order to grow you have to provide conditions for growth and renewal.  Mindset is crucial and vulnerability is key, life is an adventure and who knows what the next change will bring.  Autumn encourages us to open our arms to the next chapter of our life.

Autumn Action: What are the conditions that you need to grow and become the best version of you? Do you need more time for you, perhaps time to rest and time to think/reflect? What action could you take to ensure this occurs on a regularly basis for you?

I encourage you all to enjoy every moment of this season, seize the day and make each moment count!