Fall is the Biz. It’s is my favorite and I think most underrated season of the year for personal transformation. It’s like the red headed stepchild of seasons: Winter gets holidays and New Years, Spring gets new movement, sudden growth and spring cleaning, Summer gets connecting, traveling and the most nakedness off all of the seasons whereas Fall gets us grumbling about it getting colder and the only upside is Football (big upside, but you see what I mean). In Chinese Medicine Fall is the Season of Metal and it represents retaining what is most valuable in life, self worth and righteousness. It also represents the action of “letting go”; the trees release their leaves, the crops are harvested and left until spring, we let go of the expansive and fast paced energy of summer and start to slow down. In this same respect, Fall is the most powerful time to take a long hard look at our lives, relationships, habits and belief systems and assess what is benefitting us, and what is hindering us. Just as Spring cleaning is a time to renew and reinvent ourselves after Winter, Fall is another transition season; we are separating and shedding what we don’t need in our lives to hold onto what’s most important to us for the solitary introspective months of Winter.
This is the time to sit down, look at your life in the past year and reflect on what/who is most valuable to you. How can you keep those things close or make them more prominent? What habits, people or things are not benefiting your higher good or hindering growth? How can you gently release those things in a way that they won’t return (I’m speaking more about habits and negative thoughts here, unless you’ve got mad stalker vibes people don’t usually keep showing up ;-)). Make lists to help you clarify according to different areas of your life: relationships, career, home life, fitness, diet, wellness practices. If we mimic nature, and use the subtle undercurrent of the energies already present around us, we can make a strong intention (like a New Years Resolution, but with less alcohol and lipstick) and release what is no longer serving us back out into the world thereby keeping what is most precious to us close as we head into the most introspective and deeply powerful season, Winter. And ohhhhhhh shit will we need help this Winter, have you seen the Farmers Almanac?! I have a warm office with tea, healing pokes, open ears and good vibes for you whenever you need it 🙂