Fall has always been my favorite time of year. The crisp cooler weather and the beauty of the leaves can also be a teacher. As we see the trees let go of their leaves, fall can also be a time of personal reflection.
We can take a lesson from nature on how to release and let go. With the change of each season comes a new way of approaching our days. There’s a slowness in fall that feels good to me. Sitting in nature is good for the soul. A few days ago, I had the pleasure of being in the leaves during their peak season. I invite you to go to a nearby park, like Des Peres Park featured in this image, and reflect about what this season has to teach.
Letting Go to Flow
This fall, I encourage you to try a few things to help you let go of what no longer serves.
1. Go through your belongings and give away whatever you aren’t using. If it’s not being used and it doesn’t make you happy, pass it along or recycle it. Clearing clutter feels so good because it opens up more space to allow in what will serve you better. As we see the trees let go of their leaves, fall can also be a time of personal reflection. We can take a lesson from nature on how to release and let go.
2. Sit with yourself and write down the answers to these questions: What am I proud of this year? What do I want to say goodbye to? What do I still want to complete before the year is over? The challenges and obstacles have brought new insight. This year I realized how much I was trying to wrestle with life, forcing outcomes, instead of allowing grace and something higher to help lead the vision. My need to control is not helping me relax into the flow of life.
Cycle of Renewal and Growth
During fall, the trees shed their leaves as part of the cycle of renewal. This is a universal principle – in order to grow, we must release something. This is true of our own bodies in ways we don’t even notice; we are constantly shedding old cells and creating new ones.
Many of us are able to compost the leaves and twigs we rake up at this time of year for fertilization. You have an inner garden that needs that same compost. We’ve all made mistakes and choices that we wish were different. That’s really what fall is all about. It’s letting go of what’s completed in our lives—or no longer serving us—and preparing for what’s ahead.
Take time this fall to slow down and make space in your life for nourishing and restoring yourself. Recognize what the present offers and create the foundations for an abundant life.
Be Brave – Co-Create Your Best Future
If you need help releasing and letting go of what no longer serves to build a better future, take advantage of my complimentary Inner Power Breakthrough Session. You’ll create a clear vision, uncover hidden challenges, and leave the session feeling renewed and inspired.
Wishing you peace!
Vicki Atlas Israel is an Author, Speaker, Training Consultant, and Meditation Mindset Coach. #1 NYTimes Bestselling Author Jack Canfield, co-creator of “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” wrote the Foreword to Vicki’s book, “Inner Power NOW.” Vicki is passionate about helping high-achieving professionals, parents and children to stress less and add more joy. Contact us to book a complimentary Inner Power Breakthrough Session with Vicki.