Posted by Page Rossiter:
The daylight hours are slowly becoming shorter and the air is starting to crisp up. I love the beauty of the colorful leaves, plump pumpkins and have visions of hot chocolate (dancing in my head).
However, I have noticed an odd and conflicting paradigm within myself. I have been easily completing projects that I began in the spring and summer yet feel like I can barely put one foot in front of the other in starting new projects. I have been feeling this “stuckness” and inability to move forward quickly with decisiveness. My internal engine is slow and purring rather than rambunctious and “on” like it was this summer. I am finding myself drawn to quiet time and wanting to cuddle under a blankie with a good book.
What has happened to me?
Where did my zippity-do-dah go?
My acupuncturist reminded me that we are intrinsically linked to the cycle of the seasons. Therefore, we are also experiencing our own rhythm that tunes in with this season.
Awesome – it’s good to know that I am not broken which is the crappy old message that my inner critic was shouting at me.
I did some research and learned that this is the season to:
- Collect/harvest the bounty from things we began in Spring and Summer
- Turn our energies and focus inward
- Be in touch with the emotions of grief and sadness
- Let go of that which is no longer serving us
- Embrace YIN energy – quiet, feminine reflection
Now I can stop beating myself up for feeling stuck and rather enjoy that I am actually and perfectly in sync with nature. I can even celebrate this shift by choosing to embrace the outer/inner landscape changes rather than fight against them.
Here are some ways that I am going to surrender AND embrace the season….
- Be gentle with myself (a secret… this is always on my list!)
- Relax and slow down – give myself permission to “be” rather than “do”
- Allow tears and sadness as they appear
- Take time for quiet reflection – mostly outside while observing the glorious changes occurring in nature
- Let go of old ideas and process stuck emotions (see amazing poem below for inspiration)
What will you do to surrender to the season?? – send me a message or comment below.
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P.S. I recently had the privilege of hearing this beautiful poem read by the magnetic Petra Kolber at an event in Victoria. It deeply resonates with me and brings me to tears…. Enjoy!
She Let Go
by Rev Safire Rose
She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go. She let go of all of the memories that held her back. She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call the prayer line. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.
No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.
Page Rossiter is a lead Woman Within Facilitator and Circle Guide who has been passionately involved in the organization since her initiation weekend in 1998. She supports women in finding their clarity and courage to create an Outrageously Delicious Life. You can find her at www.PageRossiter.com