The calendar has turned its page from the warmth and vibrancy of summer, and we find ourselves in colorful autumn, a season of subtle transformation and introspection.
Autumn is a season of transition, and the world outside mirrors the transformations within us—our bodies, thoughts, dreams, and aspirations. Notice the similarities with the menopausal transition. As we age and hormones ebb, our bodies, thoughts, dreams, and aspirations change.
It’s time for introspection, taking stock of our journey thus far, and making space for the promise of new beginnings and a coming spring. In this season with the waning light, we are invited to slow down, to savor the present, and to cultivate gratitude for all that has graced our lives. It’s a time for cozying up with a book, for sharing stories by the fireside, and for relishing the simple pleasures of life. As we watch the world transform, we’re reminded that change is an inherent part of the human experience—a chance to shed what no longer serves us and to nurture the seeds of our evolving selves.
Here are some grounding thoughts to embrace this beautiful season of nature, and menopause.
1. Embrace Nature’s Cycle
Autumn is a natural part of the Earth’s cycle, a time for the world to prepare for rest and rejuvenation. Just as leaves fall and plants go dormant, it’s a reminder that change and letting go are essential aspects of life.
2. Find Beauty in Change
Just as leaves change colors and gracefully fall, we too can find beauty in the changes we go through. Change can bring forth new opportunities, growth, and a chance to shed what no longer serves us. Think menopause. This change can also bring forth new opportunities. Take time to explore what that can look like for you this season.
3. Reflect on the Year
Autumn is an ideal time for reflection. Take a moment to look back on the year, acknowledging your accomplishments, challenges, and personal growth. Use this reflection to set intentions for the remaining months of the year.
4. Savor the Senses
Autumn is a season of rich sensory experiences—crisp air, the sound of rustling leaves, the aroma of autumnal spices, and the sight of vibrant foliage. Take time to appreciate these sensory delights and let them ground you in the present moment.
5. Prepare for Coziness
As the weather cools, it’s an opportunity to create cozy and comforting spaces. Bring out warm blankets, light candles, and enjoy hot beverages. Find comfort in simple, nurturing rituals that warm the heart and soul.
6. Let Go of What No Longer Serves
Autumn is a season of letting go, much like the trees release their leaves. Reflect on what you no longer need in your life—whether it’s physical clutter, unhealthy habits, or negative thought patterns. Release them to create space for growth and renewal.
7. Be Present in Each Moment
As the days shorten, make a conscious effort to be fully present in each moment. Appreciate the little things—a cozy sweater, a steaming cup of tea, or a beautiful sunset. Mindfulness can help you stay grounded and appreciative during this transitional period.
8. Celebrate Harvest and Abundance
Autumn is historically a time of harvest, celebrating the abundance of the year’s efforts. Take time to acknowledge and appreciate the fruits of your labor, both literally and metaphorically, and express gratitude for what you have.
9. Connect with Community
In many cultures, autumn is a time for gatherings and celebrations. Reach out to loved ones, friends, and community members. Share experiences, stories, and create lasting memories that bring warmth to your heart.
10. Prepare for Renewal
Just as the trees prepare for a dormant winter, use this time to rest, recharge, and prepare for your own renewal. Set intentions and envision the person you want to become as you move into the next phases of life.
As the autumn season unfolds, remember to honor the natural rhythm of change and find peace and growth in its embrace.