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Autumn-the gift of stillness

posted 29 May 2018, 21:48 by Emma Rowe

Autumn is a magnificent time of year- in fact it is my favourite time, closely followed by winter.  After the long hot summer cooler, crisper mornings gently creep in and the wind starts to ease.  Everything starts to slow down and there is a beautiful stillness.  It is a time to immerse yourself in that energy, to slow down, be still and reflect.  There is so much beauty surrounding us in autumn- the beautiful blue skies, the amazing colours of the deciduous tress, the green tinges as the grass begins to burst through, morning dew catching the sunlight, clear nights with magical stars and full moons and the most stunning evening light at sunset.  We need to take the time and breathe it all in.  

The seasons are part of the cyclical energy flow through the universe and this flow is reflected in all living beings and the flow of energy within the body organs and systems.  The Chinese understood this very well and balance between the seasons and the body is very important to health.  Life is much more harmonious when we flow with the seasons rather than against them.  Autumn is the time for letting go, releasing what we no longer need.  Just like the trees losing their leaves we can reflect and release what is no longer serving us.  This autumn has been very difficult for me as I lost my beloved border collie Basil Brush who had been with me for 14 years.  The pain has been, and still is excruciating, but the falling leaves have helped me release grief and sadness each day. Nature is always there to support us.

Slow down, savour the colours, take a breath and be still during the last day of autumn.  Really experience the grace of reverence, which is to be in awe of the beauty and wisdom of nature.  Living with this grace in your heart makes each day more special, even during the very hard times.