By Amie Mignatti
Change is the only constant. The seasons change every year around the same time and the seasons of our lives change as well- often in harmony with nature. Due to our lives being full and busy, we often overlook the deeper meaning behind these seasonal changes and how they affect our own lives.
The beginning of autumn is also a new beginning in lives here- school starts, people come back from holiday and focus more on work, others start new jobs, classes begin and there is a sense of creation and purpose as we step into this season. I personally always feel a surge of creative energy around this time of year. Summer is a time of being outdoors, of less responsibility, of more freedom and ease of movement, and my focus is generally on having fun and being, rather doing.
As autumn whispers its way into the world, we feel the change in our lives. We re-establish routines that were lost to the sunshine and long days, we focus more on our families and ourselves by creating new schedules and perhaps even new ways to reach personal goals. We start to realign ourselves to this structure and switch the focus from everything going on outside of us to what is transpiring within ourselves and our family life.
One of the most important things to be mindful of in any transition is to not take on too much. Just as nature needs time to settle into its season, we need time to settle into our new routine and flow. I like to think of nature as our mirror- what happens all around us also happens within us. Even though we are resilient, we allow ourselves to become overwhelmed, stressed out and stretched in a thousand directions. It’s our choice how we live and what we do- no one else’s. We often blame external circumstances when we feel this way, giving up own power; but more often than not, we created all of this and we have the power to make our lives peaceful, harmonious and beautiful.
If you know that your pattern is to take on too much and within a month you feel completely over-burdened and overwhelmed- try to combat that this year. You don’t need to say yes to every event invitation, give your child time to settle into their routine before starting new classes for them; if you are starting a new job, then do nothing else but that- try to avoid starting several things at once. Add one thing at time, giving yourself space between things, until you feel comfortable with your new schedule. Allowing yourself to settle in to this change will be nothing but good on all fronts.
Autumn is a time for turning within, for being quieter rather than out and about. It’s a time for inner focus, for saving energy for the winter months, for harvesting the ideas that the summer gave you and for using that to create the life that you want to be living. By using nature’s cues and tapping into what is around us, we can make these transitions smooth.
Amie Mignatti is a free spirited woman with her feet on the earth and her heart in the stars. After traveling the world for many years, she landed in Munich where she wears many different hats: yoga teacher, nature coach, outdoor educator for children, English teacher. She also runs personal development courses for women in nature. She and her family are happiest outdoors with friends and campfires.
Check out her blog here.