Today is the first full day of Autumn!
This is one of my favorite days of the year, and the magnificence of the weather here in Middle Tennessee yesterday and today accentuate our appreciation.
Crisp mornings and mild days . . . Not too cold and not too hot.
At the advent of each new season, I pause and reflect on things like where we’ve been and where we’re going . . . and the reality that we have @ 90 days remaining in 2013.
So we have some choices to make.
Will we buckle down and commit to a STRONG finish for the year so as to have some good momentum to carry us through the “Dark Months” of Winter, or will we relax and prepare for hibernation?
My guess is that most of us don’t have the financial wherewithal (Enough nuts stored) to feel comfortable with opting for hibernation . . . yet every year I see many people who “justify” their lack of focus and intensity on the natural slowing pace and series of Distractions (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas).
This typically leads to varying degrees of PANIC when Winter sets in (December) and a rocky start to the new year.
Don’t let this happen.
I googled for some perspective on the meaning of Autumn and found:
Below are a few excerpts – I encourage you to click the link and read the whole:
“the dynamics of the fall of the year have the sweep of a great symphony or an epic poem.” (Christopher Hill)
the author of this article recommends 3 areas of meditation/reflection:
1. BALANCING DARKNESS WITH LIGHT
On the autumn equinox, day and night are of equal length. This signals the need to balance light and darkness within us. Far too often, we fear the dark and adore only the light. . . . In darkness, we are always on our own.”
2. LETTING GO
“As we watch leaves fluttering to the ground in the fall, we are reminded that nature’s cycles are mirrored in our lives. Autumn is a time for letting go and releasing things that have been a burden . . . Fall is the right time to practice getting out of the way and letting Spirit take charge of our lives.”
“Generosity has such power because it is characterized by the inner quality of letting go or relinquishing. Being able to let go, to give up, to renounce, to give generously . . . When we practice generosity, we open to all of these liberating qualities simultaneously. They carry us to a profound knowing of freedom, and they also are the loving expression of that same state of freedom.” Fall, then, is the perfect season to give generously of your time and talents to others.
3. ACKNOWLEDGING IMPERMANENCE
“Autumn reminds us of the impermanence of everything. We have experienced the budding of life in spring and the flowerings and profusions of summer. Now the leaves fall and bare branches remind us of the fleeting nature of all things.”
Fall also brings home to our consciousness death and the challenge to live every day to the fullest.
This season is begging for each of us to let go of anything and everything that may be limiting us from being our full selves . . . to acknowledge whatever darkness exists . . . and to know impermanence.
“Fall” then may be a bit of a misnomer . . .
Could it be “Rise” instead?
The rise of your SELF!
Autumn is presenting each of us with this HUGE opportunity to claim personal magnificence . . . to shine . . . to shed our limiting beliefs and to BOLDLY step into the darkness on our own.
Deep message today . . . yet an important one for me (and maybe you?) to ponder as we enter the final quarter of 2013.
I think the next 90 days are going to nothing short of AWESOME!
How ’bout you?
Hope you have a fantastic week.
PS – If you’re in Middle TN and would like some “Focus” motivation, you might think about attending The Life Rhythm Workshop starting October 10 at 10 AM and then each Thursday following for a total of 6 sessions. Just email me for details email@example.com