Autumn meditation to help with the onset of seasonal affective disorder through letting go
- Close your eyes and take a moment to reflect on the happenings of the summer season, cultivating a sense of gratitude for all the joys of this past season and the experiences that it brought with it.
- Become aware of your breath and the temperature of the air as it enters and leaves your nose…your lungs…sit quietly without judgement, without expectations, for a few more breaths simply observing the air as it enters and leaves your nose…your lungs. Notice the temperature and smells of the air of the autumn season.
- Now welcome your body into this new season of inward-looking; into autumn, when we have the opportunity to let go of anything that we’re holding onto from throughout the year that doesn’t serve us any more.
- Like the leaves which fall from the trees and catch on the autumn breeze, the process of letting go is an essential part of our life cycle; allowing us to nourish and rest our internal space so that fresh things can once again be cultivated there when the time comes for them to grow.
- Now, inviting you to take one thing that doesn’t serve you anymore and to place it on a leaf. Then as the next gust of autumn wind comes along, simply allow the leaf to float away from you, dancing off into the distance, where it will begin the process of decomposing.
- For the next few moments, every time a thought enters your head, simply place it onto a floating leaf and watch it drift away. Leaving your tree strong and stable, with roots that penetrate deep into the earth, regardless of the winds that surround it.
- Finally, contemplate what is valuable to you at this moment. Invite yourself to recognise the brilliance in all those you meet, and in everything you experience, no matter how banal. Life cannot always be the all singing all dancing spirit of summer. Sometimes you need to allow yourself time to settle, time to harvest the fruits of the summer, time to notice the beauty and peacefulness found in the process of shedding and letting go.
- Allow yourself to sit quietly for the last few moments, accepting this inner autumn landscape that you’ve begun to cultivate, passively watching as the falling leaves around you drift away on the autumn breeze.
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