“You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen" Ernest Hemmingway.
I found this quote and thought how beautiful it was. There is a sense of death in Autumn but there is a positive aspect because it's not final it's just part of the circle of life.
We are all animals, in our primal centres, getting ready for hybernation aren't we. So it's time to slow down and look at what we have reaped over the summer. Nurture ourselves and give ourselves rest.
Are we so disconnected from the natural world that we forget how the seasons have a profound effect on us?
If anything, the message in this blog is to remember your animal inside. Give yourself some space to look back and reflect. Be gentle with yourself and accept that this is the time to welcome sadness with a positive heart. Fighting this natural instinct is detrimental to your health, you need to feel it.
Here are a few ideas for Autumn sadness...
Write a list of gratitude for all the things you have in your life that are positive and say thank you from your heart. This is a simple task but is incredibly rewarding - have a go!
Spend just five minuites (time yourself!) outdoors quiet and still. You can get enormous sense of peace just sitting next to nature.
Write yourself a list of things that you're proud of for this year and give yourself a few goals for the next few months. Listen to your heart and dreams... they can come true if you want them to.
Imagine your inner animal this Autumn - what is it? what does it look like? how does it feel? Write or draw a picture.... what does it need to be nurtured this Autumn?
Beauty is everywhere just start noticing it and you'll fill your heart with happiness in moments.