Why you need self reflection this season

We’ve been noticing the urge to be outside more, the freedom of letting go of many layers of clothing, and the energy of being around folks we love outside, for longer periods of time. Seasons changing can always be an exciting time for renewed energy. The sun is staying out longer, the flowers are coming back into bloom, and patio season is around the corner! But aside from being able to soak in extra Vit D and drink your matcha in the springtime warmth, new seasons can also mean a time to look back before moving forward. To reflect on everything you’ve gone through. Here's why embracing the changing seasons can be a catalyst for profound self-reflection:

Making time and space for introspection

Seasonal changes have always coincided with differences in the ways we show up in our lives. Historically, many of our ancestors aligned themselves with nature’s rhythm and coordinated how they lived life based on season changes. As we embody more of their resilience and reconnect with our built-in alignment with nature, we can learn to lean into the intuitive call to reflect and go inwards. With each new season comes a natural inclination to reflect on the past and set intentions for the future. What if you took this opportunity to look back on the experiences, lessons, and growth you've encountered in the previous season? What have you learned? What accomplishments are you proud of? What challenges have you faced? Use these insights to inform your path forward.

The life-changing practice of gratitude

The changing seasons offer a chance to cultivate gratitude for the beauty and abundance present in each moment. This is not a call to ignore the difficult and painful parts of your experience; instead, it’s an offer to see if, in addition to acknowledging pain, you can also be mindful of what you’re thankful for. What happens in your system, what sensations, feelings, and thoughts are you aware of as you consider three things you’re thankful for right now? Can you consider taking time to appreciate the simple pleasures of the season, whether it's the warmth of the sun on your skin, the vibrant colors of blooming flowers, or the crispness of the air? Gratitude has the power to shift our perspective and invite more joy and abundance into our lives.

Intentional setting as the foundation

As you delve deeper into reflection and invite your attention to focus on things that you’re grateful for, you may start to notice that there is a pull to look forward and ahead. You may notice that you want to increase more of certain feelings, connections, and experiences. As you embrace the energy of the new season, could you take time to set intentions for the months ahead? What do you hope to cultivate in your life? What steps can you take to align with your values and aspirations? Setting clear intentions helps focus your energy and attention on what truly matters to you.

Easing our systems to accept change

Above all, remember that change is a natural and inevitable part of life. Instead of resisting change, what if we embraced it as an opportunity for growth, transformation, and renewal? Trust in the wisdom of the seasons and allow yourself to flow with the ever-changing currents of life.

As we welcome the arrival of a new season, may we greet it with open hearts, open minds, and a spirit of curiosity and exploration. Let the changing seasons be a reminder to pause, reflect, and celebrate the beauty of life's continuous evolution.

TL;DR: Embracing the changing seasons invites us to pause, reflect, and realign our internal landscapes. Take time for introspection, cultivate gratitude, let go of what no longer serves you, set intentions for the future, and embrace change with an open heart and mind.

Sending you warmth and light ❤️