Adjusting to Autumn
By Julie Lusk
Adjusting from summer to fall always comes with mixed feelings for me. At first, it’s so hard for me to accept the end of the warmth, light, and the greenness of the plants, trees and garden. “Where did it go,” I ask my self. “I’m not ready for this!”
Honestly, for years and years, I’d feel mighty bummed. In my mind, I was already jumping way ahead to the shivering cold and darkness of winter while missing all the things I like about summer. Somehow, I’d let myself miss out on what the autumn is all about.
But now, I close my eyes and I sit in yoga meditation. Eventually, my racing mind settles into the steadiness of my breathing and the present moment opens up like a fragrant flower. Instead of feeling sorry that another summer is gone and anticipating an uncertain future, I’m able to take in what’s around me now. When my eyes reopen, it’s easy to notice that the trees aren’t bare. In fact, the air is crisp and clean and the changing light and shadows cast a beautiful spell over me. What a relief.
All that energy that was being wasted on feeling anxious has effortlessly shifted into the energy of inspiration and an undeniable readiness to take what’s right before me and enjoy it for what it is. For years, I missed out on all the gorgeous fall days. Not anymore. Now I’m grateful for the tastes and smells and colors of autumn and reach into my closet for my favorite sweater.
Autumn is a time for harvesting, letting go, and for preparing unsown areas for reseeding. This goes for the actual activities that happen during this season on earth and for what happens in our lives. For me, the magic ingredient that helps me with this is yoga and meditation. Please join me or your favorite teacher so we can continue to grow inward and onward.
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