Every season has it’s own unique feel, it’s own way of lighting up and touching the senses…
“There is something about Autumn that wakes up our senses and reminds us to live.“
Of all the seasons, Autumn is closest to my heart. For me it is a hearty, heady, richly layered, and alive time. Autumn has a bit of each of the seasons in it – the in-between of Spring, with it’s changeability and startling contrasts. The rich boldness of Summer in it’s colors and scents and abundance of outdoorsy activities. The cold, briskness of Winter that crackles over everything and becomes more apparent as the colors ebb and fade away as the season progresses. And then it has it’s own vibrant Autumn ways.
Autumn may be the harbinger of Winter’s quiet stillness, but before sleep settles upon the Earth first bursts forth with such grandeur and delight. There is a touch of fire in everything, from the vibrant leaves that dance and twirl with such gusto and life upon the chill air to the welcoming fires built in pits and fireplaces. The bounty of each harvest, ripe with lush fruits, veggies, grains and gourds and the way they flavor the air with promise of warm, hearty meals to last through the barren months. The crisp tang of bonfire smoke, dried hay bundles, moldering leaves and sweet decay that gives the air such an Autumn smell. The sounds of migrating birds, rustling leaves overhead and crunching under foot, the thumps of falling nuts and fruit, the rushing sounds of water, so cold and fresh. It’s as though the senses take on extra life as they are each brought to a state of wide-awake in the bright air after being dulled by the lazy warmth of late Summer.
Autumn is a time when waxing poetic about Nature and Her many, many gifts seems akin to breathing – it’s simply done without thought as it flows with ready ease. I feel alive in ways that no other season can quite touch. I become almost one with the bright flame of change, of bounty and life in it’s last blazing glory.
I tune into each season and allow it to flow through me as I flow with it. This means giving in to the stillness of Winter, turning inward and cozying up within my self. It means re-awakening with Spring and turning outward with new growth and change. It means boldly embracing the heat of Summer and oozing fully into each piece of myself. And it means bursting forth with gusto in the Autumn before I begin the cycle anew.
It can be difficult to keep in-tune with the seasons, and even more so with yourself, especially in a world that fosters a certain disconnect with Nature. It’s so easy to forget the seasons except in broad terms that aren’t quite applied to the every day. To miss out on the subtle changes that actually mark the seasons and that keep you connected to the Earth and to yourself. It doesn’t have to be that way.
To keep yourself connected to the season at hand you simply need to take a bit of time outdoors, ideally every day. Just a short walk, or even a bit of time to sit outside and enjoy. Feel the air on your skin – notice if there is a breeze or how the sun feels or even how the shade feels on it. Take notice of the smells, the sounds, the sights. See how things change from day to day. It seriously doesn’t take much – maybe 10 or 15 minutes at any time of day you can manage. The connection to Nature is vital and it will help you feel more in-tune with the seasons, with yourself, and with the Earth. Give it a try and see how it affects you. You may be surprised!
Namaste ~ Ella
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