The bursts of brilliant color as the light lessens literally and figuratively become a focal point to remind us that we are moving into a period which can represent internal focus. As the leaves like colored jewels are cast upon the ground, we can take time to pause and ponder what spiritual lessons and practices are suggested by the coming of autumn?
Here are some ideas for your Autumnal meditation or contemplation:
In what area of my life am I interfering with the flow?
James Hillman, the elder statesman of contemporary depth psychology, challenges us to learn from others about LETTING GO : “For what the actor tries to achieve on stage is to ‘get out of the way’ so that the character he or she is portraying can come fully out. So, too, the writer and the painter; they have to get out of the way of the flow of the work onto the paper and the canvas.”
In what areas do I need to bring balance?
Balancing Darkness and Light “Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”
― Rumi, Essential Rumi
Who in my life am I grateful for?
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer
Before fall gives rise to the busy Holiday season take time to reflect on the bounty of your life. It is in recognizing the fulfillment of your bountiful summer garden that you reap the benefits of balance, trust and gratitude.
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