The Autumn is often a time of letting go and reflection after the warmth and vibrancy of the summer. The thought of long dark nights and short days can often make us feel at a low ebb with not a lot to look forward to.
It’s no wonder the ancient Egyptians worshiped the sun. It rose and set every day of their lives and was a constant source of energy, heat and light. We in the northern hemisphere live for the days when the warmth of the sun makes us feel good about ourselves. In the main this is because the sun is energizing and in turn makes us feel more vibrant and alive.
How do we recreate that feeling as winter approaches and the sun very rarely shines. Well we should take the view of children and embrace what autumn and winter gives us. In their case they eagerly look forward to Halloween celebrations, the dressing up and fun that it brings. Shortly after that comes Bonfire Night with the bright majestic fireworks that light up the dark winter sky. Children don’t see the turning back of the clocks bringing gloom and darkness. Rather they see it as a time of excitement leading up to the main event of Christmas.
Try and turn things round by embracing the autumn and winter for what they are – seasons of crisp winter walks and cosy evenings in. A time of replenishment and renewal, a winding down of our batteries. We all need times of reflection in order that we can let go of the dross to keep healthy and stress free. So think of the change at this time of year as a good one that will bring its own rewards. Think happy, feel happy and you may enjoy this winter more than you did the summer.