With the arrival of the Fall season, traditionally seen as a period of changes leading to the dark of winter, comes a powerful time to set daily practices in place that are supported by the changing of the season. Below are 3 areas to hold in your meditation or daily practices.
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. Below is a great quote by Debbie Ford, who I love and have read many of her books, about owning our dark side and loving it as equally as our light.
"You must go into the dark in order to bring forth your light. When we suppress any feeling or impulse, we are also suppressing its polar opposite. If we deny our ugliness, we lessen our beauty. If we deny our fear, we minimize our courage. If we deny our greed, we also reduce our generosity. Our full magnitude is more than most of us can ever imagine.” - From The Dark Side of the Light Chasers
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. Take a deep breath, release it slowly and imagine letting go of everything that weighed you down over the Summer and release it the universe.
“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” - Steve Maraboli
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. Susan Jeffers in Embracing Uncertainty gives us a spiritual practice to facilitate this twofold movement:
"I was once told that certain spiritual masters in Tibet used to set their teacups upside down before they went to bed each night as a reminder that all life was impermament. And then, when they awoke each morning, they turned their teacups right side up again with the happy thought, 'I'm still here!' This simple gesture was a wonderful reminder to celebrate every moment of the day."
*Some content came from Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat blog post titled Autumn: Reflections on the Season