It is that time of the year, a season for change.
The clocks have gone back, the days are shorter, the summer is definitely over. At home, our weekends see us raking up leaves to preserve our grass and to provide mulch and nourishment for our plants next year. Inevitably as we do this, we watch more leaves steadily falling around us. Some might find it strange that I actually enjoy doing this, even when the work seems never to be done!
I do love the changing of the seasons, how nature responds, and how these natural eco-systems are reflected in our own lives. At this time of year nature is mostly about decline and yet knowing that, even while the trees are resting, they are storing up energy and nutrients ready to burst forth in spring next year. Our human systems, challenges and achievements might not match the seasons in time, yet everything we do contributes towards our natural development.
The changing season gives us an opportunity to reflect on the past, to purge the unnecessary and make plans for our future – a season for change. Yet sometimes we really cannot see the wood through the trees (or the grass through the leaves) and this is where Life Coaching can help. A coach helps you to think positively about your achievements and disappointments, and how these have contributed to your very foundations and knowledge. You can then decide what to let go and where to find inspiration, hope and direction as you approach your next season with a spring in your step.
The writings of Ilan Shamir sum up the changing season for me!
Advice from a Tree
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!
I hope you enjoy the changing season and the opportunity presented by a season for change.