Whether you're in the northern or southern hemisphere, the seasons are beginning to change. There’s no way around it, when the seasons begin to change, we simultaneously feel a shift internally. Our moods, daily routines, what we eat and our overall energy changes with each season. What satisfies you in the summer is not going to be the same as what makes you happy during the fall. Seasons help us examine different parts of ourselves and they bring balance to our lives.
One of the best ways to take advantage of the changing seasons is to check in with yourself. Think of it as a clean slate. Nature’s cue to slow down and press the pause button. So much can happen in such a short period of time and each season has its magical moments and lessons. We can get lost in the day to day and busy moving on to the next thing that we don’t take the time to reflect. When we don’t take the time revisit and reevaluate, energetically we can find ourselves stuck in old thought patterns that no longer serve our growth or bring us true happiness.
Use this time to take a deeper look at your habits, beliefs, relationships and overall state of mind. Be honest with yourself and open to making necessary changes.
It’s the perfect time of year to connect to how you feel mentally, physically and spiritually in order to make clear headed and heart-based decisions moving forward. Seasonal shifts make it that much easier to bring awareness to your reality and acknowledgement of your feelings. Without bringing things to light, you can end up burying emotions that will negatively effect you down the road mentally and physically. Make it a priority to do things that help you access your true feeling like spending time in nature, meditating, journaling and practicing yoga.
Incorporating yoga during transitional times helps you tune in to how you are feeling on and off the mat. Physical activity with moderate amounts of stretching is an important component to physical, emotional, and mental well-being during transitional times. By staying in harmony with the change of seasons, greater health and peace of mind can be achieved. You will find it easier to deal with stress, stay grounded and be appreciative of the changes you experience from season to season.
Here are 7 quotes to help you embrace the seasons of life:
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Gratitude for the turning of the seasons. May we attune our hearts to their enduring message of renewal.” -Kristin Granger
“Nature is never static. It is always changing. Everything is in a constant state of flux. Nothing endures. Everything is in the process of either coming into being or expiring.” -Kilroy J. Oldster
“Each new season grows from the leftovers from the past. That is the essence of change, and change is the basic law.” -Hal Borland
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished” -Lao Tzu
“Perhaps the earth can teach us, as when everything seems dead and later proves to be alive.” -Pablo Neruda
“All the trees are losing their leaves, and not one of them is worried.” -Donald Miller
By Suzanne Kvilhaug
Slow down now to nourish you during the change of seasons!
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