Today marks the autumnal equinox. It is the day where the equator is at its closest point to the sun and day and night are equal in length. For many this event marks the first day of autumn. As temperatures drop and the landscape turns to beautiful reds and golds, trees shedding their leaves, it is also a time for us to let go so that we don’t hold on to unnecessary burdens in winter.
The longer nights are a time for reflection and dreaming, making plans and nurturing change and new growth. Use this opportunity to get rid of any clutter before winter begins, so it doesn’t prevent you from making a fresh start in spring. The trees don’t overthink letting their leaves go, and they do it so gracefully. It doesn’t have to be traumatic.
Your ritual space
Set up a space free from distractions, that you want to be in. This may be your garden, your favourite room in your home or even on a walking trail. Hold your intention in your mind and focus on what you want to release.
Make a list
Think of everything you want to let go of. Everything that is and has been a burden, and write each one down on a separate piece of paper (if you are outdoors you may want to write these in the sand). Next, remember what you have learned from each of those things. You may want to arrange them from least to most challenging.
Begin the process of letting go
Look at the first item on your list. Remember why it became a burden. Could you have prevented it from becoming a burden? Thank it for what it has taught you and then tear it up in a bin, burn it (safely) or wipe it away if you have written it on the ground. Do this with each item, gradually releasing each one.
A clean slate
Once you have let each burden go, close your eyes. Focus on your senses—what you taste, what you smell, how you feel about letting your burdens go. Focus on feeling lighter, relax your shoulders and sit up straighter with your shoulders back, and take deep breaths. You may want to have a bath or a shower to help feel physically cleansed too.
This autumn equinox ritual can be done at any time of the year you feel overwhelmed by emotional burdens. Always be thankful for the lessons you have learned and never resentful for the hurt they have caused.
Wishing you a wonderful winter season ahead.