Autumn colour - red and gold
A carpet of leaves - bright and bold
Nature's reprieve - the cooler nights
Preparing to rest when winter bites
With each passing year, I become more and more enchanted with autumn. The colours, the cooler evenings and the craziness of Christmas long forgotten. There is just something about its energy that is so different from the other seasons. I used to think it was just an "on the way to" season, a transition between extremes of temperature but it is so much more.
Autumn on the Central Coast has been absolutely beautiful this year - lots of lovely sunny days sprinkled with regular cool wet weather days to remind us to be appreciative of the sunshine and the warmth and that winter is just a heart beat away.
Somehow I feel autumn and I share a special connection. Chronologically, I am in the autumn of my life - no longer bearing fruit, shedding my oestrogen like a deciduous tree shedding its leaves (would love to shed some kilos too that way - just letting them go, waving them off). In other words, letting go of what is no longer needed and still being gorgeous and colourful in the process.
However letting go of what is no longer needed or of what no longer serves you can be a painful albeit liberating process.
I wonder if a tree could talk, would it tell me it is sad or painful to lose its beautiful leaves or fearful to be left so exposed, or perhaps relieved to lose its clobber. Or would it simply tell me that it is all ok. That it is just the way it is. It is happening perfectly. I like to think that it is what it would say. Maybe we could take a leaf out of its book (pardon the very poor pun) and see letting go as a more positive or at least neutral experience. In saying that, it is important to acknowledge any sadness, fear or relief to be able to reach a place of acceptance.
At this time of life (for those of us in the late summer/autumn of our lives) we have experienced much of what life has to offer - joys, achievements as well as loss and sadness. And who could deny that life has to some degree made us wiser and knowing. Yet we can either be quite accepting or resistant to letting go.
When the time is right, the tree must let go and the leaves must break away. The trees might be desperately trying to hold on to its beloved leaves but ultimately the Universe will force it to let go by way of temperature changes, wind or rain. Equally the tree is perhaps being helped by the Universe by way of temperature changes, wind or rain to relieve it of its leafy baggage. Nonetheless there are helpful hints from the weather to help the tree know when the time is right.
We can also get helpful hints from the Universe to make changes. We might receive very subtle signs that change is needed. It might be news about health, dissatisfaction or changes in the workplace or a relationship, children morph into adults, parents age. Nothing stays the same, everything changes and all things pass. When the timing isn't right, as hard as the trees might try, they cannot let go of all their leaves, they would need a disaster to make it happen. So how do we know when the time is right? Sometimes it is so very obvious but not always. Some people have a knack for perfect timing - intuitively, observing consciously or unconsciously the signs and some degree of knowledge and wisdom can be helpful too.
Ultimately, it is having a mindful awareness of the situation as well as of timing. It's checking in with how you feel, how a situation is making you feel. This becomes an opportunity to step back or make some space to work out whether change is needed. It might be minor or major change but almost always involves a letting go of the old to make way for the new. Mindful meditation may help you to better manage change, timing and letting go.
Imagine a tree that wants to hold on to its "autumness" - the leaves would wither and die - a sorry sight that would be. There would be no room for new growth. It would be stuck. Just like we can be if we don't go with the flow and change. As always there are exceptions - situations worth fighting for but by and large change is inevitable.
To assist with change particularly if you find it difficult, the Australian Bush Flower Essence Bauhinia is suggested. Red Grevillea is perfect for when you are feeling stuck. Bottlebrush is a beautiful helper for letting go. Tarot readings can also be a useful way to assist with recognising that change is required and during the reading you can explore your options and possibilities.
Change can bring immeasurable relief, betterment in our lives and a chance to paint a new picture, start again. I do hope this information has been helpful or insightful for you. If you would like help with making changes or to better manage changes that are occurring in your life, please contact me on 0419 432 344 or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you peace and plenty,