It’s already starting to feel like winter with the colder weather arriving, the shorter days and the longer nights, most of the leaves have shed, and our winter holiday celebrations are upon us. Fall doesn’t move into winter in one day; it moves towards winter one day at a time.
Our seasons have a rhythm and flow to them, just like mother nature herself….. and just like our wise and amazing human vehicles.
Tomorrow (Sunday, December 21st) is the shortest day of the year (as measured in daylight), which makes it the official first day of winter. What does that mean for our wellness? That depends on us.
Here are 3 ways the last day of Fall can be a boost to your wellness…
#1 Celebrate what is complete
In one sense, if you live in the northern hemisphere, the fall is the last season of the year. In winter we plant seeds to germinate over the self-reflective cold nights. In spring we see the chutes of what we planted; by summer those chutes are in full bloom; early fall (or what some people call Indian summer) is a time of reaping; and then comes late fall…
In late fall we can sit back and reflect on all that we experienced. There is a completion. When we run and run and run from one year into the next, without ever taking a moment to sit back and celebrate, we may be inadvertently be putting our bodies into overdrive (which has a cascading effect on our wellness).
But when we take the time… even if it’s just a few minutes… to slow down, breathe, reflect, and celebrate, we are also giving our bodies a moment for rejuvenation and repair.
I’d love to encourage you, as you are reading, to take a conscious breath. A deep full breath and gift all the cells in your body with oxygen. Then start thinking about what you’ve completed this year.
When a baby takes their first step, we celebrate with them. We don’t wait until they grow up and run a marathon to deem the step worthy of recognition. What can YOU celebrate about this year. And yes, there are some life phases that are truly challenging and leave us with less to celebrate, but even in those phases, usually there is something. What is it for you?
#2 Lighten your sack
Another really great way we can bring wellness to this day is by lightening our sacks. As we journey from one season to the next, we accumulate… we accumulate experiences, we accumulate wisdom, and…. most of we humans accumulate a few grudges, a few “coulda, shoulda, woulda’s, a few rocks in our sack.
As we get ready to move into the next journey around the seasons, do you really want to carry rocks in your sack? The wisdom is light and fueling for our journey, but those rocks can really slow us down. And…
Carrying the rocks can be heavy on our wellness. When we carry unexpressed (or overexpressed) emotions, or hold onto situations playing them over and over again like the opposite of having your favorite song stuck in your head, or any number of rocks that we human beings seem to pick up in any given year… we are taxing our bodies. Our bodies feel that stress, and since our bodies were designed for a time that stress meant we were in a life or death situation, our bodies use resources towards keeping us safe (rather than other things like metabolism).
If you have been carrying around a lot of rocks, don’t fret. You are a normal human being, we all do it. The key is, as soon as you notice it, try to address it. AND, treat your body to a deep, cell-nourishing breath as a thank you and as a communication that you are safe.
What rocks can you take out of your sack today?
#3 Mark your X
With the coming of winter and the season of seed planting, you can start to look forward to your X marks the spot. Today, if it resonates with you, focus on your celebrating and your sack-lightening…
…but know that you’ve got some fun wishing waiting for you right around the corner! What are your wellness wishes for the next year?
What would you like to be celebrating next fall?
Happy last day of Fall!
Wishes for abundant wellness today and always. And may you shine from the inside, out!