Renew & Restore Detox Kit
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Ancient cultures welcomed the changing of seasons by adapting to and synchronizing themselves with nature’s cycles and rhythms. For many of us in modern day society, autumn is marked by the leaves changing color, back-to-school sales, and the arrival of fall décor in department stores.
While you’re pulling out your favorite cozy sweaters and sipping pumpkin spice lattes, mother nature is busy pruning her limbs and preparing for what’s to come. If you slow down and look a little closer at what the fall season represents, it’s an incredibly auspicious time for doing deeper work within yourself.
Autumn is symbolized by the balancing of light and dark—both in the world of nature and in your own psyche. As you transition from the longer days of summer to the shorter days of fall, you may sense that a new harmony must be created so that you can manage the way your life flows. Fall is a time for winding down and going inward for self-reflection as you prepare for the coming months.
Shifting the conversation internally invites you to consider what practices will enable you to slow down, enter into a quiet space, and consider how you may benefit from doing some pruning of your own. As you adapt to shorter days and cooler temps, it’s the perfect time to light a fire, open your journal, and establish an effective practice for letting go of anything you no longer need.
You may struggle with the concept of impermanence in your life and yet, the one thing you can be certain of is that change is always occurring. The more adaptable you can become to the changing of tides—or, in this case, the seasons—and the more fluent you become in the art of pruning useless thoughts, behaviors, and patterns from your life, the better prepared you are for receiving the next round of gifts life has to bestow upon you.
To learn this art of letting go, you only need to look to nature and how she transitions through each of her seasons. There is a continuous cycle of birth, transformation, and death occurring—literally and metaphorically. One season comes to an end and another begins—sometimes gradually, sometimes abruptly. Phases of your life will come to an end before another begins. Notice what energies are asking to be brought to completion in your own life at this time. Ask yourself the following:
Negative thoughts, limiting beliefs, and behaviors that sabotage your career, health, and relationships need to be released the moment they are presented to you. This is your own internal guidance letting you know that this “thing” that may have had a purpose in your past is now ready to come to completion and be released. Often times you may hold onto the old in fear of the unknown, and that can be scary. However, releasing the old and letting the energy transition into something new can be a beautiful thing.
Holding onto negative emotions, limiting beliefs, and sabotaging behaviors creates stress and is bad for your physical, emotional, and mental bodies. It’s harmful to your well-being, your sense of self-worth, and your ability to be the person you are meant to be in this world. You cannot expect to begin a new journey until you’ve brought your previous one to completion. If you do, you bring old, dead weight onto your new path, which is sure to cause problems down the road.
You may be familiar with the old saying by Alexander Graham Bell, “When one door closes another door opens.” This excerpt is actually part of a longer quote, which reads “When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
If you don’t take the time to mindfully (and regularly) prune your branches, the dead weight you carry forth won’t have the fortitude to birth any new seedlings in the future. In other words, there may be other things waiting to come into being that you aren’t even aware of because you’re still caught up in your old junk. This is an example of opportunities lost, and there’s nothing worse at the end of your days than having regret for not living your life with passion and purpose.
Even worse, the effects of stress may overburden your physical, emotional, and mental bodies to the point it creates illness or disease. If you want to live a life where you feel energized, passionate, motivated, and fulfilled, this is the perfect time to stop and take inventory of what you need to dump. Use this guided visualization to assist you with pruning what’s ready to come to completion and prepare yourself for what’s to come.
To begin, minimize your distractions by silencing your cell phone and letting others know you need some quiet time alone to meditate.
You may often find that letting go of things that have run their course is easier than you may have previously imagined. And, in the case where you weren’t aware that it was time to release something that was ready to be done, it can feel like a massive weight has been lifted off you. Now, it’s up to you to keep your newly pruned path clear to receive new insight, new direction, and infinite possibilities.