A short time ago, I went for a walk in a city park. It was a cool, windy day. I stopped for a few moments along the banks of the river to watch some geese huddled together along the edges of a small island in the middle of the river. The cool bite of the wind kept me moving on. The trees were mostly bare, with the ground being littered with their leaves. It was a reminder that winter is not too far away.
As I walked, I reflected on the significance of the changing seasons. Autumn has always been a reminder to me that summer has passed and winter is coming. Aside from enjoying the beauty of the colour of the leaves at this time of year, I haven’t really embraced this season before.
This year autumn has brought significant changes for me. I have experiences a lot of pain and grief and feeling of loss. Out of that I have been able to strip away what no longer serves me. Some aspects of that feel like a death or an ending, but it really has just created space for new growth. Nature has an inherent ability to release the old to make way for the new and to create opportunity to reach new heights.
When autumn has come to an end and winter sets in, it feels like there is no growth. Everything is resting and yet not necessarily remaining idle. For me this year, it will be a time to continue my healing process. I don’t really know what this winter will bring for me.
There is hope in knowing that winter is followed by spring. Spring is a time when the new growth that has been waiting below the surface, finally has the opportunity to emerge. Everything seems brighter. When the first warm days of spring occur, in the city where I live, people head outside. One sees more people out walking, cycling, spending time in the local parks, or at outdoor cafes. People seem happier when the long winter is over.
I surrender to the flow of life and allow myself to move and be transformed together with the changing seasons.
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Leah Schroeder is a Reiki Master and ThetaHealing® Practitioner, www.lifeforcehealingservices.ca and a Financial Representative. “I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For most of my 47 years this has been and currently is the place I call home. I have been working in Financial Services for the past 16 years educating people about their finances, helping them restructure and reduce debt, invest for the future and properly protect their families. A strong sense that there is something more I am supposed to do in the world, a fascination with energy and a series of intuitive nudges has led me to begin practising Reiki and ThetaHealing®. I have a desire to learn and practise other healing modalities, as well as serve children and empower young women around the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and stories with you.”