Make room to honor gifts and lessons from seasons past.
While I’m certain that I fall in love with each of the seasons as they circle ‘round, I am finding this fall particularly inspiring. Nature’s festive autumn palette offers such an exquisite array of bright oranges, rich reds and warm golds, shimmering against the dark pine mountains and vibrant greens summer brought forth. The last of the sunny days shine across clear blue skies, giving way earlier and earlier to the longer, colder nights. As Mother Earth’s energy draws down into itself, we too can allow for the falling away of that which longer serves us, making room to welcome new unfoldings as the wheel of the year turns on.
The winds dance across mountaintops, sweeping down to share secrets with the valley floor. I’ve seen more fellow adventurers on the local hillside trails lately, as we journey out to admire the vibrant changes, festive Hallows decorations, and to drink in the last of the warmth offered prior to first frost’s bite. Scattered leaves stir around us, having served their purpose the plants return to Earth again, forces of death complete the endless cycle. Scattered on cool breezes, the seeds are sent forth for the next year. With clear intentions set, we can also sow new seeds to answer our heart’s calling.
Reflecting inward, we can look at what the seasons past have brought into our lives this year, honoring the gifts and lessons brought forth. Through challenges, we can move forward with greater knowledge about what works, and what didn’t. We also give thanks for our community, for their support assists our successes. This season invites gratitude to those who have come before us, the treasured ancestors who paved the way for us. And, we have gatherings to look forward to, as we joyously come together in upcoming Holidays.
For what do you give thanks this fall season?
By Antonia Hall | Antonia blogs for Ode about her journey of self-discovery and love for life, and welcomes readers to join in the fun.