I invite you to sit comfortably and quietly for a moment.
Feel your feet on the ground or your sits bones resting on the earth.
Deep inhale and deep exhale.
Hands on heart, breathe again deeply into this inner space.
Straightening your spine, feel the connection to the heavens above your head.
You are here.
You are alive.
You are present.
You are enough.
Deep inhale and deep exhale.
And continuing to breath deeply and inwardly, ask yourself: "what is it that I am ready to let go of this autumn? What relationships, beliefs, activities, behaviors, dreams, projects are no longer serving me? And how does it make me feel to let that go?"
One of my favorite authors, Sara Avant Stover describes this season perfectly:
"Now's the time to reap the benefits from the past six months and appreciate all the ways you've grown and flowered. It's time to start spending more time alone to see how those outward expansions translate to your inner spiritual and creative life. What's essential? What will you take with you into the dreamtime of the winter, and what will you leave behind?"
The nature of warm, long, bright, sunny days of summer lead to an energy of celebration, frolicking, and a playfulness. As the leaves begin to change, the air starts to feel cool, and the trees soon shed in prep for winter, we may feel grief in this feeling of loss. Of letting go. Of moving into a more dark, quiet, contemplative place. Where is there resistance for you? What still needs to be acknowledged and celebrated, before it can be released? Or maybe you are so ready for this time of year! Maybe there are things you feel so ready to release and burn and no longer carry with you. Hurrah! Burn baby burn! No longer needed here!
Here's another quote to ponder from MysticMamma website written by Cathy Pagano:
“…We are being asked to make a choice. Will we continue with our old ways of being in the world or will we trust our hearts to know the truth, so that our minds can listen and find us a way through the darkness to a new dawn?”
In spirit of the season, I'm going to open up myself to vulnerability and share what I am letting go of on this Harvest Full Moon. This full moon, I am letting go of the fear of making a mess.
…what if I lead a woman's circle and only one person shows up (the exact person who needs it the most - perfect!) or enter a Strong(wo)man contest and can't even lift the weight off the ground (a little embarrassing but think of the stories I could tell!) or teach a cooking class where I burn the food, or worse, it tastes bland ("Do as I say, not as I do!").
Or what if I lead a woman's circle and a whole tribe of women show up and want another one next month too….or I enter a Strong(wo)man contest and hit PRs in some of the events or teach a cooking class that's inspiring and orgasmically delicious...
I won't know unless I try. And either outcome is totally perfect!
Marianne Williamson said it best:
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
Can I get a hell yes?!
So, dear ones, I invite you to release with me the things that are no longer serving us and our ability to be our best self. And maybe my best self gets her shine on with a little glorious, earthy mud on her face and a few mistakes she can laugh about.
"Intend to shine." -Danielle LaPorte
Blaze on beautiful beings!