Tuesday, September 9, 2014

3 Spiritual Lessons From Autumn

Spiritography Day 7: Imaging the Sacred in Everyday Life

My favorite color is Autumn.

It's also my favorite aroma.

The fire-glow radiance of gold, orange, and scarlet...

The scent of pine, patchouli, and cinnamon...

Autumn is a season of culmination and transition. It is nature's last hoorah before retiring into winter's dormancy. It is a time that calls us to self-reflection, letting go, and spiritual connection when we open ourselves to its lessons.

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Photo by Penny McDaniel
I invite you to gently enter into the Spirit of Autumn and see how it can help you live a richer, more meaningful life.

The first great lesson of Autumn is letting go. Trees that once nurtured emerging buds now let go of the leaves they once nourished. It is a natural process, and that which no longer serves the tree will now enrich and nourish the earth below in its transition.

Autumn prompts us to release our attachments to past experiences, without regrets or resentments. Things which no longer serve us can be donated, recycled, or given to someone in need. Relationships may need to be revised or given the room to fade harmoniously away. We can keep the value of an experience while letting go of its weight.

The second great lesson of Autumn is acknowledging impermanence. When we contemplate the autumnal changes, we grow more appreciative of all the beauty that surrounds us, not just in nature, but in our lives. When we cherish someone or something, we do so because deep down we know that they won't be around forever for us to enjoy, and this moves us to connect as deeply as we can.

Autumn is a time of dual purpose, and so the third great lesson is preparation. While Autumn is a time for gathering main harvests, it is also the time to determine what is needed for the upcoming winter. We see this as animals ready their homes in such a way that they need not go out in the middle of winter for anything they need. Autumn teaches us to be ready.

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Photo by Penny McDaniel
As we contemplate Autumn and its spirit, let us be inspired by its sounds, its aromas, its colors, but most of all, its gentle guidance so that we may live full, fruitful lives. Let it reveal again what is most precious in our lives.

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