Living in the Northeast, it’s funny how quickly the season changes from summer into fall. One minute I’m lounging in my beach chair, toes in the sand, soaking up the sun, and the next I’m digging through the back of my closest for my tall brown boots and my tiny space heater.
There’s a chill in the air, especially as the sun begins to set, and I’m already starting to put things like shorts and sundresses away until next year. Though I enjoy the long summer days and nights, I don’t mind this transition because fall happens to be my favorite time of the year. Memories from childhood always flood back to me as I think of things like apple picking, hayrides, and long, leisurely strolls on trails lined with crunchy fallen leaves.
As a child, September used to bring a new school year. Oddly enough, I still tend to view this month as a beginning, even though I’m no longer a student in the traditional sense. Perhaps it feels like a beginning because I’m also born in September. This month has always been a time where I’ve reflected on who I am and who I’d like to become as I prepare for my next cycle around the sun. I try to remember the goals I set the year before, and honor myself as I acknowledge the work both done, and to be done.
It is important for me to recognize the merit in the self-reflection that occurs during this time. I feel that because I am able to tune in so deeply with my body, mind, & spirit, I have the ability to work on elevating myself to the higher vibration I am consistently seeking. I choose to take advantage of this time before the holiday season, so that when winter does come, I can spend moments celebrating with loved ones, rather than putting in those long, hard hours towards self-development. Though let’s be honest, I do consider myself to be a life-long learner.
One of the things I enjoy doing as I transition into the fall season is really solidifying my routines. I try to create a schedule that will allow me the ability to consistently work towards my goals. Especially since summer is quickly becoming just a memory in my mind, it is nice to be getting “back into the swing of things” with my exercise and fitness routines. This fall, I have been looking for more opportunities to teach and share yoga, and feel that keeping busy during the winter is what makes being a New Englander bearable!
The changing of the leaves reminds me of the changes within me, and the possibility, as well as the promise, of tomorrow. I know there are things to let go of so that I will be able to welcome in the new once spring comes again. I am so grateful for the opportunity to reflect upon my life and beauty that infuses my everyday existence. These weeks are ones I cherish, as the world begins to shift towards winter once again, and I look forward to the transformations that I know are already in the works. My future awaits and I'm ready to greet it with an open heart and an open mind.