Finding Time to Transition Into Fall: Mind, Body and Spirit!

Getting ThereFinding time to manage a seasonal transition is a task that is .. well … seasonal! I don’t know about you, but this weekend we had some chilly New Hampshire moments when my thoughts definitely turned to preparing for the transition into fall.  It may be premature to actually begin the work of transitioning, but this is a fine time to start thinking about it!

Make transition plans.

Unlike sudden changes, transitions are planful processes. What this means, among other things, is that the power is in our hands to fashion our transitions in whatever manner we like.  Transitions can offer wonderful opportunities to reflect on and let go of what is past and prepare for what lies ahead.  Indeed, many of our holidays are founded in seasonal transitions, and the roots of many religious rituals can be traced to seasonal observances.

I like to approach my planned transitions on three levels.  I think of them as corresponding to the mind, the body, and the spirit.

Mind: Your Transition Overseer

This is the engine of my transition planning.  I pull out my templates from the previous year’s transition into fall, review the tasks involved, and set aside the time to attend to each.  I keep track of what works and what doesn’t, and record this on my templates for the following year.

Body — Getting It Done

These are the aspects of my transition that have to do with my practical, concrete, everyday life.  Here I tend to tasks like putting away summer clothes (sorting and de-cluttering as I go).  I pull out fall and winter clothes and put my gardens to bed for the winter. Again, I cull and organize as I complete each task.  As I do these things I am preparing my physical world for the coming seasonal changes.

Spirit — Energy Transformer

These physical changes are accompanied by reflection, gratitude, anticipation, and letting go at each step of the process.  I love the transitional tasks of looking back on what has been, and thinking about what is to come.  Pausing to reflect while managing transitional times always deepens and enriches the experience, often in ways that you could never imagine or predict.

Are you starting to think about the transition into fall?  Do you have templates from last year?  How are you feeling about this change of season?  Please drop me a line, I’d love to hear!

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