Autumn Is for Rebooting: As Seasons Change, So Can We
Autumn is one of my favorite times of year, and it's not just the oversized taffy apples. I'm talking crispy cool days that call for turtlenecks and yoga tights, a seasonal shift to fading colors and falling leaves, great sales on outdoor furniture.
"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree," writes Emily Bronte.
"This is the season of the harvest," writes Elson M. Haas, "the fruition of all the growth of spring and summer."
May I ask: Did you experience growth this spring and summer? (I'm not talking about your waistline.) Did you spend more time with good friends, or at farmers markets? Did you enjoy long walks, short naps, time spent doing things that move your body and refresh your mind?
"The changing pattern of the light reflects the cycle of the seasons and reminds us of the preciousness of our own time," writes Phillip Moffitt in a Yoga Journal piece I've saved since 2001. "You may, as many do, feel a personal response to the fading light, experiencing it as a call for endings and the need for new beginnings."
Yes! This is what autumn alerts us to, the end of one thing -- diet colas? striving for perfection? -- so we can act on that innate call to new beginnings. It's in our DNA. When the seasons change, so can we.
Sadly, however, fall is also the time of year when many people's fitness programs fall off a cliff. It's colder outside, it gets dark sooner, and our summertime push to play outside gives way to an overwhelming urge to hibernate indoors and overdose on taco chips and Twitter.
Harvest your best intentions, and consider the following:
START A JOURNAL. I've said this a few (thousand) times before and here I go again: Keeping a journal is an easy and powerful way to help you create positive change. Your doctor can't make you exercise. Health care reform can't keep you from eating junk. Personal change is a personal choice. Keeping track online, or on paper, will strengthen your resolve, make you accountable, reinforce your intention.