Most people usually just consider that Autumn is that season of transition from summer to winter, it’s when the temperature starts to cool down a little, the daylight gradually becomes a little shorter and when the trees start to loose their leaves again.Yet, in essence, it actually means much more than that.
Living with the Seasons
As we are a part of nature, also the cycles of nature are within us. Now-a-days, most people are just so busy, pounding away on the treadmill at full speed, they barely slow down to take notice of the seasonal changes. It’s often said; ‘who cares?’ … and of course if all that one is concerned about is earning money and not truly nurturing their essence, then they wouldn’t care. Care is synonymous with love. The quality of our relationships reflect how we care about our-self. If they don’t care about their relationship with nature, they’re not loving themselves.
Time for Reflection
Autumn is the season of reflection. Reflection is about being in a more passive phase. In this relaxing phase, we’re not actively seeking something, we’re merely just quietly reflection upon how things appear. Most people, most of the time are so actively seeking that they are not quiet enough to actually see. To see something for how it really is, we need to become more of a silent witness, to be still to observe and reflect.
The Power of Reflection
Everything in this world is polarised. We may see this, as we have day and night, and the active and passive phases of nature. For everything that seems apparent, there’s also another less obvious side. This hidden aspect, we’ve failed to observe. Yet, as we can embrace an overall perspective of all things, we may become more whole. Embracing a ‘holistic’ perspective can help to resolve many conflicts in our life.
Tis the Season of Transformation
Most people tend to think that the more resources they can accumulate, the more powerful they become. Yet, transformation is about letting-go. Autumn is the season of transformation. As we let-go, we transform.
Autumn’s that magical season of reflection, maturity and wisdom . We gain wisdom and maturity through reflection. In ‘Traditional Oriental Medicine’, autumn correlates with the element ‘metal’, which is about conductivity, giving and receiving, letting-go and change … it’s about reflection in our ‘maturity’ phase … about wisdom, empowerment, revelations and growth! Everything in our world is changing, some slower and faster than others … are you keeping abreast of the changes?
Transformation of Consciousness
Once the autumnal equinox passes, the nights begin to get longer and the temperatures will start to fall. Autumn is a time of dual purpose. traditionally, it is time to gather the harvests and to determine what is needed for the upcoming hibernation of winter. To help get things in perspective, let’s compare the whole year to a day. We may consider autumn as being the late afternoon to early evening period of each day. At this time of day, it’s the ideal time to reflect upon the daily activities, to evaluate how well we did, and maybe to learn our lessons in preparation for the next days adventures.
To honor the end of the day is a great time to celebrate. Like-wise, we may consider autumn as the end of the active phase of the year. Perhaps this is also the ideal season to celebration with friends. Take this opportunity to be grateful for what you’ve achieved since spring. As we reflect, we may contemplate and be grateful for what we have.
Autumn is the season when the buzzing activity of summer dies down and the excitement of life outdoors begins to relax into the more evenly paced, more predictable rhythm of fall. Think about the ways you have neglected your inner growth and how this might be remedied. This is the time to contemplate how to go more within. Maybe, meditate or do tai-chi or yoga. Find your balance, in the same way that the world finds its balance on the autumnal equinox. Remember it’s a time of giving thanks for the things we have, whether it is abundant crops or other blessings. It is also a time of balance and reflection, following the theme of equal hours light and dark. Here are some ways you and your family can celebrate this day of bounty and abundance.
The Autumn Equinox divides the beginning and end of the year equally. Just as 6pm is half way between day and night. It’s the time to take a moment and pay our respects to the impending dark. We may also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year’s crops. The Druids call this celebration, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and then next spring a re-birth.
Autumn is the season to get rid of any emotional baggage you’re dragging around with you. Accept that there are darker aspects to life, and embrace them, but don’t let them rule you. Understand that a healthy life finds balance in all things. Practice meditating on balance, opening to see other aspects of life that were no previously so apparent. Also, remember to count our blessings.
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