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Welcome to Autumn: Set Your Intentions

© 2012 Brenda Dineen | Reprinting permission with credit to author

“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.”
– Anonymous


It is now the beginning of Autumn, and we are entering the last quarter of our 2012!  Autumn heralds in a new season. Summer is winding down, and Autumn is welcoming us to a new phase of the year.


Nature is signaling a time for change. Nights are growing cooler and the blooms on the flowers are beginning to fade.  When I am out on my bicycle, I notice the leaves on the trees are turning yellows and browns. Many leaves are now falling onto the path where I ride, permeating the air with their aroma. The sun is rising later and setting earlier. Geese are flying overhead.  Summer’s door is now closing and Autumn’s opens wide, ushering in the new season.  This is a time of transition in the year.

September has always represented new beginnings in life:  Kids are back in school. University students have begun their new year.  Many people are signing up for workshops and courses or embarking on something new and creative. There is a sense of starting new things in the Autumn. We are moving from the more impromptu days of Summer, into a more structured routine that Autumn brings for most of us.

Take a little time to reflect on the year so far.

* What has this year brought you? What are you learning? What do you feel good about? Is there something you want to let go of?

*Ask yourself: What does the new season hold in store for me? What do I need? What do I want to create?

Get focused.

*Intention is the starting point. Intention is the driving force that fulfills our needs and desires; whether for health, adventure, new learning, work satisfaction or loving relationships.

Everything in this world is an expression of the power of intention.  That power lies in each one of us.

*Choose two or three goals to focus on. Your goals create a focus for your intentions. You might find it best to pick things that bring you fulfillment. Write your goals down so you can refer to them.

What new opportunities or learning do you want?

Joining a group of like-minded souls:

  • join an exercise program
  • sign up for a meet-up group
  • reconnect with friends
Learning something new:
  • take a workshop or class
  • self-directed study
  • read some new books
How do you want to be feeling?  peaceful? confident? organized?Know that when you say “I intend this to happen” you invite the means to bring it about. Trust your instincts and let your inner guidance lead the way.As you write your goals and set your intentions, believe and visualize they are achieved. Picture the end results and be willing to receive what you want. Ask yourself:
  • What will my life be looking like and feeling like?
  • Which helpful habit am I willing to practice to support my efforts?

Find your center and don’t let go of your intentions until they feel firmly anchored inside yourself. Visualize each day and hold your intentions close in your heart.

See your life path unfolding over the next few months in ways that are fulfilling and rewarding to you.

Allow the new energy of Autumn to carry you forward.