How to Restore Your Balance this Autumn
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
Today marks the autumn equinox – the day when both the daytime and nighttime are of the same length and the earth is in balance. Once the autumn equinox passes, the nights get longer and the temperatures start to fall. From this day forward we begin to change our focus and direction in life. We start to turn inward as the outward excitement of summer slows down. This is a great time to take stock of what you’ve harvested this year. It’s also a beautiful time, like the fall of autumn leaves from the trees, to allow anything in your life that’s no longer serving you to fall away. With autumn considered a season of balance I encourage you to use this time to restore balance in your own life. I invite you to ask yourself,
- What new life experiences brought me opportunities?
- What was my own personal harvest?
- Is my life in balance?
- Where would I like more love, peace, beauty and balance in my life?
It’s only through self-reflection that we can really start to learn the lessons and wisdom gained from our life experiences.
This conscious awareness can bring further light and depth to the whole story of your journey. Start to bring balance into your life and plants seeds for your future with this heart-felt exercise:
1) Reflect. Make a list of your inner harvest by reflecting on your life this past year. First, create a sacred space by lighting incense, sage, or a candle. Then, without editing, journal the experiences and achievements you’ve had or felt. This includes the good, the (seemingly) bad and the ugly. This is a way to acknowledge how far you’ve come, restore gratitude into your life and start to see the lessons, the blessings and spiritual treasures – even amongst the most challenging times.
2) Look within. Get comfortable and sit in silence for at least ten minutes. Think about the ways you’ve accomplished or neglected your inner growth. Contemplate how you might renegotiate certain areas going forward. Don’t be too hard on yourself and remember life is about progression not perfection. Life is always in a state of flux. It’s when we become more present through this change that we ultimately increase our awareness, expand our perspective and experience life more beautifully.
3) Set an intention. Write down at least two areas of your life you’d like to work on for the next three months. Be specific about how you envision yourself stepping into your fullest expression. Then write each intention as one sentence and place it somewhere you’ll see everyday (smartphone, computer, bathroom mirror, altar – anywhere goes!). Decide a time you’ll repeat to yourself your intentions for the season – I prefer first thing in the morning right before my meditation. Lastly, commit to your intentions without judgment or attachment. Even if life doesn’t turn out the way you planned, (like most times for most of us) trust that life is happening for you, not to you. Believe that every experience is preparing you for something bigger than you could have ever dreamed of.
As always, I’d love connecting with you and hear what you’ve harvested this year and what are your intentions for the remaining year ahead. Head over to the comments section below to share your thoughts.
With love and gratitude,
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