As summer vacation has officially taken its bow and exited stage right our schedules have made their way back to being more routine (or more chaotic depending on the way you look at it) I hear a great deal of reports on how this new season is being welcomed in and these reports are as varied as the types of restaurants that serve sweet tea in the south (that’s a lot).
Maybe you are glad to embrace a schedule. Maybe you’re looking forward to the festivities that come with the autumn. Maybe you’re looking forward to pumpkin spice everything. Maybe you’re happy to get the kids back to school so that you have more free time to do your personal stuff. Or maybe you are already missing the little ones. Maybe you’re wishing you could take one more week long trip to the beach, or Disney, or just stay in the less stringently scheduled days of summer for a little longer. Undoubtedly how you view this transition is highly based on your personality and your likes or dislikes.
I happen to enjoy cooler weather, pumpkin flavored anything, and the holiday season immensely and so I always start to feel enlivened and excitable when the fall and winter months approach.
Wherever you fall on the spectrum of seasonal preference, ushering in the next phase of the year with the least amount of resistance is crucial to your own sense of well being and happiness. As the earth turns and seasons come and go, if we tune ourselves into that universal flow by our own practices of personal development, prayer, meditation, and general self care (whatever that all looks like for you) we will be more able to flow with the current of life and be more likely to attract experiences of happiness, ease, grace, and joy into our circumstances. Conversely, when we don’t take the time to tune in we may find ourselves constantly feeling like we’re swimming upstream and battling the current.
What does this new season mean to you? Is it a chance to start again, refreshed by the summer holiday? Or is it something that you’re dreading and you wish you could turn back the hands of time? One of these outlooks seems much more ‘swimming upstream and battling the current’ doesn’t it? Remember that we get to choose our thoughts and consciously shift our perceptions. So if you find yourself embracing the resistance of the change of the seasons (as with life) and you find that that resistance has caused you to experience struggle just say “I choose again. I choose joy, love, ease, grace, and peace instead!”