“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf becomes a flower.” – Albert Camus
I quickly opened all my doors and windows this morning and let the breeze rush through my house with the giddiness of a little girl. This is by far my favorite time of year. I’ve been living in the beach desert of San Diego for two years, spectacular in it’s own right, but the glamor of the seasons doesn’t present there like it does here in the Blue Ridge. So I’m jazzed and grateful to be experiencing Mother Nature while she gorgeously lets go.
Although we are celebrating this letting go, the laying down, the Via Negativa, we can see the loveliness and divine delight of Creation everywhere during this time. The leaves are changing and releasing, the days are cooling and darkening earlier, and there is a brisk, electric energy in the air. Can you feel it? It’s all pumpkin spiced, golden brown, Halloween-shoppy goodness wrapped in a cozy fire.
And at the same time, I must admit, I feel the need and pull for some deep reflection and solitude. Perhaps it is the energy of the ‘high holy days’ in the Jewish calendar that bring up this feeling. We have been through Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the holidays that I remember being so important as a child, growing up in a conservative and then reformed Jewish home. These holidays were times of taking inventory, looking at the year gone by, and getting quiet to let the reverence of spiritual life take center stage. We fasted, and prayed, and it always seemed somewhat solemn.
It’s okay for us to have those times of quietude, isn’t it? There is a frantic manic energy to this time we are living in – go go go, produce, get ahead, get stuff DONE! And it can be really hard to slow down, listen to the wind, and take a look around at the changes that are happening around us and inside us. There is always change happening, but can you tap in and feel it even more deeply this time of year?
Maybe take some time to enjoy the shifting of the season by going deep inside the treasure of your own heart. We are about to enter into the holidays, with Halloween, Thanksgiving and then…all the rest of the craziness. So it’s kind of the calm before the holiday storm. Let’s savor it. Let’s eat hearty soup. Let’s drink our coffee slowly on the porch. Reflect on the majesty of nature’s mysterious cyclical ways. Throw the doors open and sing ‘hallelujah’ for the majesty of life!
In peace and grace, Amy