Today is the first day of Autumn.
Well officially officially it lands on March 21 with the solstice, but is noted by the majority on this day.
I love any opportunity to herald in a new season (I said hello to Spring here and Summer here ) so today causes much excitement in my wee world, with double happiness the next 21 days are are dry run to the real thing. Oh the glistening glorious start of a new season and all the potential magic loaded and ready to be fired. A looming twelve months just feels a bit amorphous and loooong and fat, and I never feel an ease in placing myself in it. Give me three months vignettes that have a powerful undercurrent of energy and meaning to play in and I’m good to go. Hence my love of the seasons.
Autumn’s energy is very different from the others. This season is about coming out of the high activity of summer and preparing for the winter ahead. Its about gathering, focusing, turning inward and letting go. Letting go of what you don’t need anymore, and focussing on what you do.
I like this excerpt from a book I love which outlines living by the seasons – The Way of the Happy Woman – Living the Best Year of Your Life, Sara Avant Stover goes onto say…..“This season we go onto become the alchemists of our own change. Like metal, we evolve through reduction. What needs to be removed and stripped away so that the glistening essence of who we are can shine like a diamond? This pairing down comes through discernment and faith. Take an honest look at yourself and your life. Whats working? Whats not? What can you let go of on your own, and with what do you need guidance? Traditional Chinese medicine acknowledges that grief and sadness are the primary emotions of the autumn season, which, when tended to are transmuted into courage. The lung and the large intestine are the activated organs that work together, receiving and releasing – carbon dioxide in the lungs, and water, nutrients, and waste in the large intestine. Both provide crucial life-giving energy through this powerful interchange. The two are alchemists, taking in what is needed to shine and letting go of whatever might hold us back. When this pair is weakened through stress, unexpressed emotions, poor breathing, pollution, smoking, or toxic diets, things get stuck. And feelings of immobilisation, depression, and suppressed grief can intensify and rock you off your centre”.
She goes onto to talk about the process of letting go……..about staying grounded, Autumn rituals and ‘The One Day Autumn Letting Go Retreat’ that you create and do yourself, all juicy stuff.
And I love her suggestion to write a letter to something or someone your ready to let go of (not with the intention of sending it). And on completion burning it on the new moon. What a delicious idea!
Whatever meaning a new season holds for you and in whatever way you recognise it (or not) I wanted to share the bountiful opportunities Autumn holds if your curious enough to have an inner peek. Oh and for the ladies out there, Sara’s books a gem for getting back into harmony and your own rhythm and life cycle.