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Autumn, the harvest season… the season of letting go

written byErickson Coaching Internationalon 15/10/2015

Well, here we are at the beginning of the most beautiful season of the year, autumn! Normally those who enjoy this period of the year are the introverts, the romantics, the mystics. But for some reason, no matter our personality, when we are going through a particular change or challenge in our lives, this season becomes either inspiring or depressing. This might be because the fun of the summer is over, or because the cold and the dark is about to start. I guess it’s all about how we look at things.

Some people think it is time to re-set, to recharge batteries and to let go of what didn’t serve us in previous months. It is time to reap what we sowed in the spring and time to commit to new projects, breathe deeply, grab a cup of tea (or a glass of wine) and really go inwards to find out what’s coming next in our lives. If that’s the case for you, great! Enjoy the harvest season, if not … keep reading, hopefully, you’ll find some useful information about this season and its interesting meaning.  

Autumn is a season of transition. It reminds us that nature’s cycles are mirrored in our lives. Of course change is always with us, but autumn brings us to a deeper level of awareness as we realize that the time of letting go has come. It is a time to release things that have become a burden, it is a time of detachment. Almost every religion or spiritual belief pays tribute to such acts of renunciation in one way or another. 

According to traditional Chinese medicine, autumn is the Metal Element. “Metal reflects our core issues, the most refined part of ourselves; an analogy is that of ore found deep within a mountain. Our core issues are those dealing with existential reality, and questions such as, “Who am I?”, “What is my lifework?”, “What remains constant in a forever changing world?” As coaches, or those who are about to embark in the wonderful world of coaching, we are already connecting with the deep issues about who we are and what our life's purpose is. That’s exactly why we decided to help and support others to find their own calling. Maybe we could say that autumn is a coaching season. The perfect time for inspiration!  

"Nature instructs us about our own cycles of creating and letting go: Trees in autumn don't stubbornly hold onto their leaves because they might need them next year. How many of us defy the cycle and hold onto what we've produced or collected -- those decayed leaves, that old negativity?" –Neil Gumenick

Different Eastern philosophies support the fact that attachments are exactly what prevents us from moving forward in all aspects of life. If we don’t allow things to fall away, we end up carrying a heavier load. Do you think that taking a few days to examine if what you are holding on to will serve your life in some positive way, specifically your coaching career? Maybe there is a challenging or unpleasant experience with a client that is taking up space in your mind and getting between your goals and results. Take the time to analyse what’s been so hard for you to detach from.  

Ask yourself, how do these attachments defeat your purpose? How do they stand in the way of achieving a more balanced life, a more successful and fulfilling career? Attachment comes in different forms, the hardest could be associated to the loss of life, organ or function. They could also be associated with our personality, and there are some attachments that are more ego-centered. They are also very hard to deal with because they are normally hidden or “protected”. Perhaps this is the time to analyse what you’ve been so attached to for the past few months, is it time to let it go?.  

Autumn is the perfect time to practice getting out of the way and letting Spirit take charge of our lives. We hope you enjoy this season, and that you finally let go of what doesn’t serve you and those around you … it’s not as hard as it seems .. you’ll be happy to see what happens in the spring.  

Happy coaching!