By Seadeta Osmani
Fall is here, and everybody on Instagram is wearing the season’s newest trends. New colors and hues have taken over our social media feeds, and everyone’s rocking them in their looks, from their eyeshadow to their nail polish. This is the season to drink pumpkin spice lattes all day every day; to learn the best tips for taking care of our skin during the cold days ahead; and to rock those cute, new boots with your favorite denim jacket. But also, the fall is a season that invites us to see how the cycles of life directly affect the fashions and colors we wear.
How? Well, our society mirrors the fashion industry in the way that experiences, just like fashion, have become disposable, ephemeral. We no longer worry about the things that really matter, like growing up, gaining experience, and maturing. Instead, we have become a society that cherishes what’s on the surface. The thrill of a momentary experience has turned us into people who use whatever fit us; nature, situations, emotions, and even people, to fulfill a moment no matter if later on we dispose them.
We use people, things, and situations, one after another, without stopping for a second to consider our responsibilities or the needs of the others. It feels as if we were racing against time, as we add layers upon layers of glitter, colorful, shiny fabrics to create an image of ourselves. Yet, we’re still kind of empty.
If you identify with this feelings of emptiness in spite of having more and more followers on Instagram, I suggest you try something different this fall. Stop for a moment and look down that street or through that back yard, turn off the noise and listen…
The arrival of the fall comes with a message that brings the opportunity to reinvent yourself: if you know where to look. A few changes here and there, and those messages will be clear for you to understand. Follow these simple recommendations and perhaps by the arrival of the winter you will find yourself with a whole different mind-set as a result of this wonderful and warm season:
Look around you – The scenery is changing. Feel the power of mother nature, pushing, and changing everything around you; bringing forward yet another cycle. It takes a skilled eye to see under all the layers of makeup and glitter. Look beyond the hot styles and the filters!
Taste the season – The fall always comes with delicious treats: ripe apples and nuts, nourishing meals with family and friends. Autumn is warm with soups and the company of those who love you.
Learn the timeless skill of letting go – Even the greenest of greens has its hidden colors. Now you will see nature unveiling its darker hues. Let go of spring, and summer. Welcome this new change.
Find solace in uncomfortable moments – The sound of heavy rain can offer comfort at times and winds can sound a lot like the howling of your own heart when you are hurt. Listen to these sounds, learn to enjoy the changes in weather and embrace the season.
Reap the fruits of the year – Fall is the season of harvest, when the hard work of the year finally pays off in the form of bountiful rewards. Remember that the tastiest rewards are served on a plate of patience and understanding.
Yes, the latest fashion item looks great on you and I’m sure many have already told you that. But if you want the greatness to last, try being open to what’s happening around you and digging a bit deeper to find out what’s been hidden inside of you. Once that inner glitter surfaces, you will never have to wash it off.
Follow these links to find more advice for inner peace:
The Dalai Lama’s 10 Recommendations To Find Inner Peace
10 Bizarre Spanish Proverbs That Will Teach You Some New Life Lessons
How Adapting These 6 Lessons By Aristotle Can Lead You To A Happier Life