For those of us in the northern hemisphere we are about to embark on the autumn season. A time when we trade the fun filled days of summer for the longer nights of fall that will eventually lead us into winter. Autumn is a time marked by settling into routines that often make higher demands on us, such as, school, work and social traditions that center around family life. While this brings the opportunity to get close to the things we love and hold dear. It also pushes us to have more demanding schedules and increased tasks to complete. Balance is the key to falling in love with the season.
Autumn is traditionally a time of harvest and gathering together all that we have labored on throughout the year. Autumn offers a time to reflect on that which has been accomplished while celebrating completion or the progress achieved. For many the idea of reflecting doesn't take hold as continued effort remains a continuous practice. This idea of reflecting or taking a pause is often overlook with the fast paced goal-oriented world that we live. It is important to take this opportunity during the equinox as it offers the perfect time for reflection. To pause in a way that creates increased dedication or perhaps a feeling of confidence can make progress more readily attainable.
The equinox marks the mid-point of equal day and equal night bringing to mind the image of a perfectly balanced scale. This imagery is powerful when coupled with the notion of inner reflection. It gives an opportunity to see what we want and where we want more balance in our lives. Perhaps revealing some aspect within ourselves or within our daily routines that could become more balanced with greater ease-fulness. The first step to finding balance is to notice what doesn't feel right or where there is a feeling of strain. Once we notice the area that is causing stress, finding a remedy becomes much easier.
Especially today, as we mark the Autumnal equinox, take the opportunity to set aside a few minutes to tap into where you are and where you would like to have more balance. There are many different ways to check-in with ourselves. We can have a conversation with a friend, journal how we're feeling or meditate to scan the body for insight. Below I've created a short list of questions to prompt inner reflection. Each one will shine a light on a specific aspect of life allowing for a full spectrum view. This is a great practice to adopt during these seasonal shifts as it gives insight into progress and facilitates realignments, if necessary.
Honoring Balance, a Self-Check-In
First get a pen and paper to write down the answers to the questions. When you 're ready, clear your mind by taking a few deep breathes. Relaxing into the moment to enter a state of openness, gentle and peaceful. Being honest with your responses will facilitate the greatest remedy to foster growth and integrated wellness. If you don't have an answer readily allow some time for it to arrive. It might be something that comes later after you've return to work. Simply pay attention to the question and see what arises. The insight will come, especially because the questions has been presented.
Is there an area I feel out of balance in my life?
How would I like this area to look different, if I could magically change it?
What feelings does this create when I think about this?
Who could help give me advise or expertise with this?
What small step action step could I take to remedy this?
What scares me about doing that?
What inspires me about doing that?
What would be possible if I put this into balance?
What would my spiritual life gain from this action?