The Inward Journey

Uncategorized Nov 12, 2021

The Inward Journey

BY AMY HARPER, LMFT

"If we don’t take the opportunity to slow down and reflect, all the unresolved challenges and anxieties within us pile up and carry on into the next year."

As the leaves change color and fall to the ground, we may find ourselves beginning to turn inwards. It is the perfect time to reflect on everything that has happened within the year prior to starting anew. Before we get caught up in the fast-paced environment of the holiday season, let’s focus on ourselves and take a moment to slow down and check in. 
 
I often hear clients’ concern over feeling low or more introverted this time of year, and while seasonal effective disorder is real, it is also very normal to experience a gentle come down after the exciting Spring and Summer months. You can see it all around in nature- animals are starting to prepare for hibernation, leaves are falling and trees focus inward and down into their roots. Like nature, we humans benefit from this process as well. 
 
Some helpful tools for igniting this inward reflection and processing include journaling, taking time in solitude, and seeing what you can take off your plate that may no longer be serving you. Take the first step by reflecting in a journal. Go to a place where it’s quiet and comfortable. Make sure you can be alone with your thoughts in that space. Reflect on everything that has transpired within the year– all the highs, all the lows and every experience in between. This process can aid in gaining clarity and help you move forward towards your most ideal life. 
 
On top of this reflection period, it is also the time where we allow our soul to take refuge. Giving ourselves time to pause will rejuvenate us. We need these breaks in order to reset. This way, our soul is well rested and ready to take on a new year. If we don’t take the opportunity to slow down and reflect, all the unresolved challenges and anxieties within us pile up and carry on into the next year. Like a tree unwilling to let go of it’s leaves, this can prevent us from growing and attracting new opportunities into our lives. 
 
Taking time to turn inwards and integrate all that we have experienced is essential in our growth. It’s when we reflect that we learn, and when we learn we grow. May you give yourself the gift of slowing down, reviewing and resolving your process, and making space for new growth.

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