Letting the colourful leaves drop.
Sandwiched between blazing summer and chilly winter, autumn is the “cooling off” season. Crisp, cool air and drifting leaves of autumn are a colorful reminder that things are once again changing around us.
It is, in some ways, nature’s recall that life inevitably keeps moving forward and often leaves us searching for meaning and possibilities how we might adapt and overcome.
Trees shed their leaves before they take on the next change or challenge of snowfall. So too, we may find that change is necessary.
For us, it’s not leaves. Sometimes, our values, our motivation, our balance, our needs don’t look the same anymore. Leaves might also be dried up love, crumpled relationship, failed plans or lost dreams.
Something’s died, and we have a choice: will we hold on to it, season after season, while it saps our energy, stunts our growth, and strangles our beauty? Will autumn bring sorrow to think of these secondary losses- or this season of change be seen as a catalyst for the beauty that is to come as we find new purpose and connections with others?
Oh yes, letting go is hard ! It’s a struggle to release situations, people, things, behaviours or emotions we’ve grown accustomed to having in our lives. Some of us are better at letting go than others and we might be more attached to certain aspects of our lives than other people.
A few coaching tips to choose to let go and let healing grow in you today?
- Decide what’s really important. Take a step back. Think and feel what’s truly important to you.
- Assess what benefits you’re getting. One of the reasons we hang on to things or people is because we believe they add value to our lives or because they added value before. But is that actually true? Really think about it…
- Be brave enough to make the 1st step to release your grip and make space for emptiness. And remember : the hardest part is the release; once you’re brave enough to take that first step, you’ll soon see that you’re just fine without it.
Practice a body-mind sophrology exercice to help you ?
In a standing up position, close your eyes and connect with your inner body sensations. Connect with your breathing to relax and, if you know how to do it, scan your body sensations from head to toe and install a state of relaxation and deeper awareness. How do you feel inside, in the different parts of your body ? Does your mind or your body feel cluttered ? Let come to your awareness what is cluttering you or your life today.
Then, use your hands as beautiful cleaning brushes to massage and remove dust. ‘’Brush’’ yourself from the tip of your head to your feet and toes, as if you wanted to take off dust, the negative and unnecessary energy or emotions. As if you were making more space on your skin, inside all your body parts, removing and sending away all dust.
When finished, take a moment with your eyes closed to appreciate your new body sensations. How do you feel now ?
And concretely, you may also feel like breaking free from something : objects, old clothes to give away, a phone number,….
Remember the vibrant yellows, reds, and oranges of trees are at their most beautiful when they are in the midst of letting go. Yes, you might go through a tough time — a winter, if you will — but that will pass, and you’ll grow stronger and healthier in the process, just like bright green leaves and flowers do each spring.
Let’s go, let go!