The seasons change as does life and with each movement of one season into the next we move into different states of being – birthing, blossoming, releasing, renewing.
There is something beautiful, unique and deeply personal about each one. They affect us all in different ways and yet there is a connection within the movement of the Earth as she goes through her process which is mirrored in each of us.
Now into Autumn, we reach into the aspect of release so that we can move into the womb of winter where the gift of renewal awaits. Just as the trees shed their leaves, so too are we asked to release that which is no longer working, no longer part of us or no longer enabling us to honour ourself and our integrity.
For each of us, release will be about and mean something different. For some of us it will be a release of something practical that we are stepping away from; for others a relationship may have reached the stage of no return and there is no other possibility than to let that aspect of your life drift gently into the mists of love passed. Some people will be releasing aspects of themselves, like a snake shedding its skin as it grows into a newer embrace that fits its form more purposefully.
No matter where we are releasing and where we are realising what requires release, what requires cutting free so that it no longer burdens others as well as ourselves, no matter if we are moving into a void, an abyss which has not yet shown us the light side of its’ passage…release nevertheless provides the opportunity for healing, the opportunity for the wisdom within the pain to be understood, for the lesson within the experience to be identified and honoured, for the love within the situation to be pure once more, no longer sullied by misunderstanding and mistake.
With all things, we can embrace the change, the release, the dissolution of what once was or perhaps of what was never meant to be or we can struggle in its grip. Choice is freedom we are urged to remember as we embrace that which we know we need to move on from.
No matter the devastation that release, that saying goodbye, brings, no matter the sorrow we might feel as we walk on alone, or different, or changed…we can be secure in the knowledge that every season has its purpose, its grace, its path and that only by walking it can we emerge through it and into the open, into a new season once more.
I am reminded of the Serenity Prayer by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
Blessings, Nicola x