Autumn is around the corner. It officially arrives on the 22nd September, yet these recent crisp mornings certainly have an autumnal “bite” about them.
It’s a bittersweet time of year as we say goodbye to summer sun and long evenings but welcome a new period of release and rest in autumn.
For many, spring represents birth and renewal; as we watch bulbs become daffodils and lambs lark in the fields. Summer symbolises freedom and youth, with long, light evenings full of opportunity and hours of warmth. Autumn, therefore, can represent adulthood and maturity, a time for reflection and letting go of what doesn’t serves us.
As nature changes around us, we too are changing. In our bodies, our cells die and are replaced by new cells. Our minds are constantly learning and processing information, whilst adapting in response. We are naturally resilient, patient and curious in this process – just think about how much you’ve changed and learned in the last year…
“Autumn reminds us that we too must let things go in order to grow.”
In autumn, the shedding of leaves from trees represents the fact that in order to grow we must release something. The changing of nature’s colours demonstrates the fact that things do not bloom year-round – there are times when we must turn inwards for protection and comfort.
Autumn reminds us that we too must let things go in order to grow. Our old ways don’t need to be collected and discarded, rather, they can fall to the floor and serve as the foundation upon which we grow and mature.
“In order to move on it is our responsibility to take action.”
In recovery, there’s a time of maturity where we realise how much our eating disorder is holding us back, and that in order to move on it is our responsibility to take action. We’ve sensed this in our recent conversations with people who enquire about treatment – many of whom are making a brave and courageous decision to put their recovery first this autumn.
So, as the season of reflection and letting go gradually approaches, let’s grant ourselves permission to take stock. Ask yourself:
- What am I holding onto that is actually holding me back?
- What am I not doing out of fear? Take a moment to investigate what the fear is and allow it to hold less power over you in the process of understanding it
- What would happen, in the long-term, if I let go of this thing that isn’t serving me?
- How can I ask others to help me in my process of letting go?
- What daily routines can I build that can help me to let go?