It’s always been a strange concept to me to celebrate January 1st as a new year. It’s cold and dreary in my part of the world. The days are short and the nights are long. We hibernate and over-eat. Or, at least I do. Our energy and wallets are recovering from the intense Holiday season. It doesn’t feel like a new beginning to me. In fact, my mood plummets around that time of year and stays low until we hear the birds since their new Spring songs.
September, for a myriad of reasons, has always felt more like a new year to me. Fresh new beginnings: a new school year, leaves falling, breaking out the Fall sweaters, the Autumn Equinox. The Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Persians used to begin their New Year with the fall equinox. Perhaps somewhere in my subconscious is past life memories of this time of year being the “New Year”.
How can we celebrate the Autumn Equinox/New Year?
Count your blessings: Sit down and make a gratitude list. I do this about twice/year, and this time of year is my favorite time to do it. I am most grateful and happiest at this time of year, with the warmth of the sun shining on my face and memories of Summer still fresh in my memory.
An attitude of gratefulness helps bring more abundance our way. It’s true: the more we focus on the positive and what we DO have, the more positive our lives become and more abundance comes our way. Make a list of all the things in your life for which you’re grateful. When I do this, I’m reminded of how blessed I am, even on my worst days.
Find balance: At the equinox, there are an equal number of hours of darkness and light. This natural balance reminds us of the importance of balance in our every day lives. Take the time to really think about the areas in which your life is out of balance: are you spending too much time at work? Not spending enough time with your family? Worrying too much? Whatever it is, take note of it. Acknowledge the imbalance and make the commitment for a more healthy, balanced life.
Honor the darkness: The long nights of winter are encroaching upon us. Days become shorter. It’s hard to remember when we’ve got cabin fever something awful but: without darkness, there is no light. Now would be a good time to meditate on the darker elements of yourself. Things you’d really like to focus on and improve in yourself. Light a candle, meditate and set a couple of new Fall & Winter self improvement goals.
Each new season brings with it the promise of new beginnings. So, who’s with me?
Get out in nature: Gone are the days of unbearable summer heat. And too soon are the days of the snow falling. Now is the time to get out and enjoy Nature one last time before Winter drives us indoors (unless you’re the snow-loving, hockey-playing type or the ‘I live in Florida’ type!). The nights are now crisp and cool – perfect for a long walk.
The leaves are changing color – get out and enjoy the sights and scents while they last. Go to the pumpkin patch and find that perfect one to carve. Pick apples and come home and make homemade applesauce.If I can do this one, you can too!
Be charitable: As the colder weather becomes a reality, so does the reality that some people do not have the means to buy winter coats and clothing. Raid your closets and donate your lightly used winter clothing and jackets you no longer use, if you are able. While you’re at it – donate some foods to a local food drive. Not only will you be lending a hand to those who need it, but you’ll be cleaning your closets and opening up space in your home and life for new. My friend Lisa at Practically Intuitive has recently begun tithing and has inspired me to do the same.
A change in seasons is a perfect time to get an Intuitive Reading. If you’ve been on the fence about getting a reading, I’d love to work with you to start this season off fresh & new with some messages from your Spirit team!
Fall is my favorite season. What’s yours and why? And what do you consider to be your “New Year”?