As long as I can remember Autumn has been my favorite season. Memories of the excitement of leaves turning brilliant oranges, golden brown, and reds as the weather where I grew up on the East Coast of America began cooling. A time for pulling out fall jackets and sweaters, bon fires, and football games were rituals.
The ancient cultures embraced the change of seasons by observing and listening to the messages of each . In today’s world of hustling and bustling to prove our productivity and chasing the almighty dollar as a marker of personal success many have forgotten the teachings of what our ancestors knew . The Natural World sits patiently still offering master lessons to those who honor what Nature freely is willing to teach us.
Autumn offers a time of surrendering following a joyful busy summer and gathering of an abundant harvest of gratitude for all the passions the element of Fire has presented . As we move deeper into the Earth element of Autumn we feel the emotions of a short cycle of the green growth of leaves transforming into a vibrant array of colors then falling onto sacred ground as brown remnants of what was. We may begin feeling our internal surrendering of what has passed either in honoring the cycle of letting go of pieces no longer needed in our respective lives or resist the changes that are inevitable as we try desperately to hang on to old attitudes, relationships that have long past the time of needing to be severed and our skewed misperceptions of who we and others truly are. Choices always are for our denial or taking.
When we are willing to honestly use this season to inventory and assess our imbalances holding us back from moving forward so we can become a better version of ourselves, we will remember why we love Autumn so much! The ways of our ancestors do live in our blood, in our DNA. Learning to incorporate the opportunity of Autumn’s blessing of surrendering and re-assessing our intentions in the non duality of giving and receiving may bring up a need to grieve and a need to clear out stale aspects of our inner world. We may ask consciously in our quiet reflections what is it we need to honor in ourselves in our current evolution and where are we demonstrating an imbalance . Willingness to check in with our true selves before the darker days of winter coming will match the gift of Autumn in Nature showing us we can sit in integrity without having to plant new seeds or harvest new crops.
Autumn ..my favorite season ,offers each of us a gift to let go, to grieve any losses, and to flow with the changes without a need to control any outcomes or need to know how the future will look. Truly this transformational season is a special blessing.