Here are my favorite spiritual activities to celebrate this incredible season.
The Fall Season finds its colored, crispy ways to make its presence known to North America.
Outside, there is a stirring among the trees. The leaves seem to sense it is time to return to their original colors and break free from their branches.
Animals take note of the shift in temperature and the inner rumblings below the ground. They become hyper-focused on preparing for flight, on hibernating and on hunting for food and shelter.
Fruits and vegetables are ready for harvesting and for answering our call for comfort foods.
What about the humans? How does Fall stir us and invite us to pay attention? What can we harvest from our memories over the past few months that will feed us for a while?
For me, Fall is the perfect time of year to listen and to observe my current rhythm. I spend a few moments in nature and wonder: how do I remind myself to stay true to my self? how do I prepare for changes happening in the world and the ones below the surface? how can I reap the rewards of my time and relationship investments over the last several months?
Here are 3 of my favorite spiritual activities to celebrate this incredible season:
- Walking - Find an animal or human companion and take a stroll outdoors. Disconnect from your devices and soak in your surroundings. Look up, down and all around. What do you see? Hear? Feel? Let your senses dance in all directions! Allow your thoughts to center on the moment. Allow your heart to fill up with gratitude and contentment in this space.
- Mantra - Use playful words to fuel your energy levels during this change of season. Remember to say your mantra out loud, often and with conviction. I believe your voice is an instrument of healing. Let your sound serve as a healthy dose of love to your body, mind and spirit!
"I am stirred in big and juicy ways."
"I am willing to see change as my friend."
"I am free to be my colorful and natural self."
- Warmth - Get cozy under a wool blanket or a blanket of leaves. Build a fire. On a piece of paper, write down the answers to these questions:
Examples: "I release the pain in my heart." "I release negativity towards _____."
"I choose not to invest in_______."
Examples: "I choose not to invest in my relationship with ________." "I choose not to invest in my addiction to ________."
Now take this paper and let it burn into the fire. Tell yourself that you are releasing and choosing not to invest in acts and people who no longer serve you.
- Journaling - Reflecting on your life through writing; a popular, guru-endorsed activity. Expressing words on paper is an insightful way of seeing how you take in the world. Sit under a tree or a bench facing the water. Take a few moments and share your thoughts on these questions:
How do I remind myself to stay true to my self?
How do I prepare for changes happening in the world and the ones below the surface?
How can I reap the rewards of my time and relationship investments over the last several months?
- Meditation - Enjoy a guided meditation or two and stretch your imagination. This is one of my favorite practices! Clear out the mental and emotional clutter so your true colors shine brightly. Allow this quiet time to rest, relax and infuse your spirit with positive visuals.