Having fibromyalgia means that change literally hurts. It takes time to adjust to new stressors. Transferring to the autumn season means adjusting to new temperatures, heavier clothes and shortened days. Those of you who are fortunate enough to not have to deal with the physical aspects of changes such as these, may find it difficult to comprehend how these shifts can impact life at a level far deeper than mere annoyance.
There are times when we all chafe at change, after all, we strive to settle into a pattern and lifestyle that creates comfort and familiarity so that we feel in control of our environment. Those of us sensitive to change on a physical level are constantly reminded of the impact that even the subtlest variances in our environment can make. We are always reminded of the challenges of life and of finding our place of balance and comfort.
Embracing change, with all of its unknowns, is a necessary part of earthly life; for without change, we risk stagnation. A seed, planted into dry soil, would simply lay there were it not for the forces of the sun and rain coaxing it into being. We too need to be coaxed into reaching our highest potential.
Spring and summer brought forward the male, action-oriented energies that fired our imagination and desires, spurring us outward into the lengthening, warmer days. Days where the strength of the sun brought revitalizing energies to our bodies and to our souls. Fall brings with it different energies, energies associated with reaping what we have sown and of stocking up reserves for the long, cold nights of winter. Fall and winter settle us inward, into the feminine and intuitive energies that help us reflect on what has been successful for us, both physically and spiritually, and what has not; a time to ponder change.
The journey that I have been sharing with you has seen me through many changes and challenges. I watered and nourished my seeds of potential as best as I was able and this Fall I will take the time to sit and evaluate my past, in order to plan my future; to see where I need to incorporate more changes into my life, changes for my betterment.
Yesterday, I was clever so I wanted to change the world,
and today I am wise, so I am changing myself. – Zahid Iqbal Khan