“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
- The Fall season marks a time for fullness and completion, departure and longing, transformation and surrender, wisdom and gratitude. And no matter what else may be going on, at this time of year my mind engages easily in contemplation and creative reflection.
- These inspirational moments often occur spontaneously. You know what I mean: you're engrossed in a task, and something piques your interest for an instant, and the next thing you know you're coming out of a mental reverie several minutes later with an inspiring insight or idea.
- While we cannot make these moments happen, we can increase their chances. Inspiration comes to a mind that is receptive and imaginative. One way I encourage these moments is to schedule my activities and appointments with little pockets of free time between them – or sometimes I block out an entire day or even a weekend.
- Yet for so many of us, with all our “superpowers” of creating and balancing and multi-tasking – and maybe even because of these natural talents and inclinations – the idea of leaving free time for ourselves, or even simply "being ourselves" can be a tricky thing.
- So give yourself a gift this Fall. Set aside an hour or a day to do "nothing at all" – not even the laundry or the lawn – especially not the laundry or the lawn! And be ready to receive an even greater gift from your higher self: the gift of inspiration.
Consider the leaves. They are at their most spectacular during this period of transformation – just before they fall away from their tree, the only Source they have known, to ride the wind with joyous abandon, and then, quietly and without ceremony, come to rest and nourish the earth with their gifts.
Touch in with your spirit self right now. Take a breath, close your eyes, and ponder these questions for just a moment. How vibrant are your colors? How is your life force – the essence of your being – expressing itself? What gifts are you preparing to give to the world?
Consider the trees. Each autumn they let go of their leaves, several Very Important Things that have served them well for some time – familiar and dependable things with which they have become quite comfortable, like a favorite old sweater.
Touch in with your spirit self for another moment. What do you no longer need? What things in your life are you willing to release, giving thanks for the lessons and growth and support that they have given to you?
Set an intention to pay attention as your life transforms this season, as your gifts and lessons are received by the Universe. Let your thoughts be carried on your breath, as the leaves are carried on the wind. Contemplate the patterns of color and light and form as they swirl and flow. And then come to rest, gently, with your feet on the ground.