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Aligning with Autumn

The season of autumn is upon us in the northern hemisphere, the days are shortening, and the temperatures are starting to drop at night-time. The berries are ripe, and the leaves are changing colour.

This is symbolic of harvesting the fruits of our labour, what we have worked towards all year and reflecting on our hard work, physically, mentally and emotionally. Autumn represents the impermanence of everything, the decaying of leaves and plants remind us that things do not stay the same. It gently nudges us to be in the moment and challenge ourselves that it is not only the good stuff that comes to an end, the bad stuff does too.

Letting go

As Autumn advances, the leaves on deciduous trees begin to fall. The trees let go of the leaves as they no longer need them. This is symbolic and a reminder as we align ourselves to the seasons, of what is no longer serving us. What can you “let go” of?

This letting go allows us to prepare for winter and a period of resting. Autumn allows us to remember that growth is not possible all the time, that it is not sustainable all the time. You are worthy of slowing down.


Go out into nature now and you will see hawthorn berries in hedgerows sparkling like jewels. You will see spider webs glistening in the early morning mist. You will see wild apples fallen on the ground and look out for Fieldfares and Redwings moving through hedgerows noisily as they gorge on berries after their migration to the UK.

Explore your local area, urban or country and take time to notice the change of the seasons.

Tips for harnessing Autumn

Make nature art by gathering a few acorns and conkers and painting them.

Take time to notice the intricacy and beauty of spider webs early in the morning when they are still full of dew, this will help to keep you in the moment and offer a moment of calm.

Gather fallen leaves of different colours and shades to create your own nature mandala to connect and deepen your relationship to nature.

Look for fungi in woods, on embankments and in cemeteries. There is great joy and awe to be found in looking at mushrooms but do not pick or touch if you are unsure what type it is.