Autumn’s arrival signifies a time of transition and release. The rustle of falling leaves, the chilly, misty mornings alert us that change is in the air. Sometimes it can be difficult to maintain balance with so much shifting in the world around us. Incorporate the following simple meditation for autumn into your practice to aid in grounding, centering, and connecting to the powerful energies of autumn.
This meditation is centered around releasing thoughts, stress, behaviors or people that no longer serve you in a positive way. This a great seasonal meditation as it directly relates to the changes occurring in the natural world: leaves changing color and falling, plants releasing seed and dying back, and a general sense of slowing down and settling in. This practice can be done either inside or outside.
Come to a comfortable seated position, close your eyes, and bring your awareness to your breath. Feel the fullness and expansion that comes with each inhale, and then release and contraction that follows each exhale. As you feel your body settle, focus your thoughts on one thing that you would like to release from your life. Connecting to your breath, inhale that which you want to manifest, and exhale that which you desire to release. For example: Inhale, “I am strength and wholeness.” Exhale, “I release self judgement.” Continue this practice for ten or more breaths.