Wherever you are reading this from in the world, you are probably feeling the shift in seasons as I am. During these times, we are reminded in the spaces between the fullness of a season that transition is inherent to all life, on the macrocosm (Universal) and microcosm (our individual lives).
Without change, life becomes stagnant and can no longer evolve.
At the moment, I am in the Western Hemisphere experiencing the beauty of fall. The sun has begun to dull, the air is crisp with winds, and nature is preparing itself for the cold months ahead. The leaves are turning magnificent colors and will eventually fall to the ground, symbolizing the cycle of death and rebirth. Yet it is so easy to hold on to the abundance of what came before, and feel uneasy about what's to come - the unknown and uncertainty that we are reminded of when nature begins the process of letting go.
In a recent yoga class I was asked about this process and what is real within it. Do the roots of the tree, expansive and grounded, which bring stability and connection, actually change as the tree sheds its outer layers of leaves?
Of course not. The tree becomes stronger, as it redefines its ability to stand within the change and harsh winds, snow and ice. The tree uses this season of dormancy similar to the way animals and humans use hibernation. It is a time when we slow down through metabolism, energy consumption and expansive outward growth. It is an extra potent time of year when we are invited to pause and reflect on the flow of our lives. What feels naturally aligned and what feels forced or unauthentic? If you are called to let go of habits, projects or relationships that no longer serve you, let nature be your greatest guide. Return to your essence of what is real and what is always within - a fierce inner strength and wisdom throughout transition.
LAUREN LEE E-RYT 500 is passionate about living with purpose, exploring the world, and empowering others to live as their most authentic, radiant Self. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated teacher and forever student on the path of yoga, she leads transformational workshops, retreats and trainings to awaken the individual and collective consciousness. Read more about her here