The transition from summer to fall can be a jarring one, especially in Portland, when the autumn months often mean the return of dreary days and rain. Transitional periods are times of growth, reflection, and moving forward and as such, they can often be times of heightened anxiety and emotion. In the autumn, the days get shorter and we see less of the sun. The earth prepares for winter and the leaves begin to fall from the trees. It’s a great time to think about what we can release and what we want to embrace as we move forward into a new natural cycle. Here are a few grounding meditations for easing the transition from summer into fall.
This is a great meditation to do if you’re feeling anxious, nervous, or simply ungrounded or unfocused. Find a comfortable seated position and take a few deep inhales and exhales. Focus on the breath as you ground into the floor beneath you. Close your eyes. Visualize rooting down into the ground with your seat. Imagine that you’re one with the earth, melting into the ground. Likewise, imagine that the crown of your head is connected to the sky.
Reflection on Summer
Take a few moments to reflect on your summer. Congratulate yourself on your progress. You might want to write about your summer experience in your journal. Decide what you want to take with you into the fall and what habits you’d like to leave behind. How would you like to bring closure to this season?
Looking Towards Autumn
Using visualization, imagine what you’d like your autumn to look and feel like. Engage your senses to imagine the colors of the leaves, smell of the air, and feel of the fresh fall air on your skin. Ground into the transition and be present for this time of growth and change.
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