“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Autumn is my favourite season. It’s bursting with colours and the light has this magical golden hue. I can wear my wellies, jump in puddles, drink hot chocolate on a very grey day and listen to the sound of the rain drops on my windows, which are like a mantra to me.
In a modern world, we no longer have the need to live by the rules of the day or season, however, our emotional life could benefit from “the old ways”.
As the quote from Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” and I believe that our mindful approach to life shows us just that – there is time for everything, we just need to be open to it and even the seasons of the year can teach us a great deal about our inner life.
Autumn is the time of bursting colours and harvest. It’s time of enjoying all the bounty that spring seed sown and summer work tended. It’s time to appreciate all the goodness in our life, all the blessings, all the lessons and all experiences we’ve gathered over the course of past few months. It’s a time of joy and appreciation for great planning in spring and a work well done in summer. It’s time to say to ourselves “I did well. I worked hard on my relationships, friendships, my passion and career and I gathered my bounty. It is time to enjoy and rest.”
Fall also teaches us to let go. We gather all the good during those harvest days and throw away what’s spoilt and rotten. It’s not a time for regret but for letting go of all that can hold us back. Rotten fruit kept can spoil all the other healthy, however, even rotten fruit can become a compost for something new and beautiful to grow next season. We shouldn’t hold on to spoilt fruits in our lives, but we shouldn’t discard them without purpose either. All the negative experiences can be turned through reflection and meditation into a lesson, which can help us grow. Boring job can teach us about our passions and during the upcoming winter months, helps us plan a new adventure, like going back to school or changing industry. Toxic relationship can teach us what we need from a relationship and what we’re willing to offer. This can turn into a lesson that will not only bring the right partner to our doors but also will make us into a better partner. The trick is to learn from autumn and let go of all the negativity.
High winds and rain in autumn can be unforgiving, but it's definitely needed. All that’s left after harvest has been collected need to be washed away in preparation for new season of sowing. The Earth needs time to recover and in the belly of winter hold all the seeds that will burst in spring. Rain and wind can shows us how to wash away all the cobwebs in our mind and in our hearts. To clear it all out. To appreciate the warmth of one’s home and all the hearts around.
Personally, I’m always grateful for Octobers. They are never easy, yet they bring the best lessons in my life. Those are the months of retreating into myself, sometimes literally going on a retreat. This is the month of preparation for All Hallows’ Eve, but this is for another post.
“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.”
― Yoko Ono