This month brings with it so many feelings as we officially greet the last 8 weeks of 2018. Maybe you’re feelings some of the feels too; some of the ones that really stand out to me are things like…
How is it already, November?
What things did I get off my list this year and which things are still sitting on the back burner and why?
How will I spend the holiday season and with whom?
How will I make time for the things that are important to me and graciously say no to the things that don’t make the list this year?
Why am I feeling a tinge (or tidal wave) of sadness show up for loved ones that have passed even though it’s been many years since they went home?
Are any of these things showing up for you right now?
If so, know that you’re not alone.
A pre-wrap up for the year plus home stuff, healing, and holidays all begin to swim around at this time. Because so many big themes seem to come to the surface at this time, it’s natural to feel lots of deep feelings.
I find that the combination of the days getting darker and shorter (here in the Northern Hemisphere) and all the themes showing up at this time force us to pull inward and dig deep on how we’re feeling and focus on how we want to wrap up the year.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy, celebrate, and create joy during this season. Celebration is part of the holiday season but it’s also important to give yourself permission to tend to your emotional needs too.
Finding a balance between the joy and moving through your feelings is very important. Even though it may seem counter-intuitive, this balancing process allows you to move into the celebration experience more fully.
Giving yourself permission to be where you’re at allows you to move through the wave of emotions so you can move to the next space organically; rather than forcing festivities.
There’s no one way or right way to honor this season, there are only the ways that feel right for you at this time.
You may feel guided to participate in a special tradition that allows you to connect to something special from your childhood.
Maybe you want to make something that a departed loved one always made at this time of year.
Maybe for you, creating a new tradition will support you in feeling more connected to this time of year and your own personal love of the season.
You may also feel guided to take a little time this month to gently go over the goals or intentions you've created for yourself.
You may want to update your vision board or pull out that list that you’ve been ticking away at during 2018.
Taking a little time to honor all that you’ve accomplished and experienced this year is equally important as focusing on what comes next for you.
This is a great time to do a little rewind on your year and really take it all in along with the accolades that you would give to someone else who accomplished what you’ve done this year.
Some of the things that can add additional support for you this month is focusing on themes that feel supportive.
Getting into your favorite jammies or sweats a little bit earlier in the evening, enjoying a warm cup of tea or cider, and snuggling under your favorite blanket can make a huge difference in the way that you feel.
As this season can tend to increase the things that need to get done and the places that you may need to be, making a conscious effort to slow down in seemingly small ways can help you to find that balance that’s right for you.
What is something that really makes you feel comforted and supported? _________________
What is something that you absolutely love to do that really feels like fall to you? __________________
How can you add more of these things into your days this month? ________________________
When you say yes to your own personal boundaries and needs you more easily move into that place of personal balance. Finding your balance will allow you to experience the kind of season that fills you with joy, happiness, and peace.
You’re absolutely worth investing the time to honor the things that soothe and support you. You don’t have to invest a ton of time in doing this, but you’ll receive so much from this investment and it will be well worth your time.
I’m wishing you a wonderful and gentle month filled with things and people that rise up to greet you! For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving, I’m wishing you a wonderful holiday!
With love and support,
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