Why I Love Autumn: Beautiful Death to Harvest Beautiful Life (and letting go what no longer serves us)
Something always stirs in my soul when Autumn approaches. It's the time I feel most like myself, most aligned with Mother Earth and all her longings, nuances and desires. It is a time of filling the spirit with what matters most. Shedding extra baggage I don't need. And things just seem to click! Do you feel this way?
This year, I'm even more excited..as I am starting to really paint and pursue lifestyle choices that interpret my love for all things Autumn: The delectable hues of the leaves as they fill the trees with the most beautiful death I've ever seen. The harvest moon, wreaths, burlap, deep plums, oranges, reds, autumn blooms even. Then there are more practical gems, Long walks outdoors in the cool crisp weather, Pumpkin Spice lattes, Apple Cider with Cinnamon sticks and Cloves, Football, Chili, Fall Fashion...okay I can go on and on, but I will stop there.
I wanted to share with some beautiful writing I found from my friends over at Spirit of Change (www.spiritofchange.org) regarding the spiritual aspect of Fall. They couldn't have articulated what happens during Autumn better. Check it out:
The seventh gateway is Mabon, the Fall Equinox (September 20-22), when once again we hang in the balance between the energies of the light and the darkness, but a very different balance than we experience in spring, for we are moving out of the light and into the darkness. As we accept the decline of the light, we also accept the gifts of the harvest. These gifts often entail healing, balance and greater strength of body, soul and spirit.
This harvest is not only of the foods that sustain our bodies, but the harvest of another creative year of our lives. Hopefully, we have grown and matured through the year and have something new in our lives to show for it. This time of harvest is a time of celebration, but also of purification and preparation. We have to look at our values and determine which ones center us in our lives, considering how our harvest went and what new goals we might want to pursue in the coming year.
We are preparing for the death of the year, for without death there can be no new life. This time of year teaches us how to let go of what no longer serves our life. Now life demands that we recognize that we are growing older and that we must learn how to accept the inevitable death of our youth, of our middle age and ultimately of our lives.