The rain is falling. Autumn has settled in and before we know it there’ll be a fire in the hearth and extra blankets on the beds. The seasons, as they play out in the natural world, bring us vivid demonstrations of change, renewal, stagnation, decay and growth.
As I see the world outside my window change, I also feel I must be changing too.
Nothing stays the same, everything must change
How do you handle change?
Do you seek it out eagerly with an optimistic grin?
Do you pretend it’s not happening and drag your heels every step of the way?
I guess we all do a bit of both. Some change we beckon with open arms, other change (when it’s not what we’d expected), requires a little more time and adjustment before we fully accept it.
The change of season encourages us to get out different clothes, maybe buy some new things, and clean out and organise our wardrobe. We exercise, eat and entertain ourselves differently from Winter to Summer. It’s fun right? Nice to mix it up, have a change?
As a result of my passion for being connected to nature, I respond to the changing seasons with excitement and wonder. The first rains turn the brown earth into a barely-there green tinge and then a lush carpet of grass for our local kangaroos to feast on. Locals who depend on rain for their water supply clap their hands together in glee and we town dwellers enjoy turning our garden reticulation off for a few months.
So, whether you’re in northern, southern or tropical climes, nature shifts and aspects of your life shift with it.
For me, noticing nature helps me to be in deeper contact with myself. I’m calm when I’m outdoors and I gain lots of insights and inspiration as I walk and sit among the trees or upon the granite rocks by the water.
Nature heals us and brings us home to ourselves.
And nature isn’t just what’s here on Earth. The natural world includes our moon, the sun and all the stars and planets. The vast cosmos influences and changes us day by day, year by year.
The two eclipses we’ve just witnessed created some beautiful energetic openings for us to release the past (yes, again) and shift anew into the lives we’ve dreamed of and planned for over the last few years. Each morning since the lunar eclipse on Saturday night I’ve woken from dreams that have flushed out old fears, pulled together past and current relationships and revealed remnants of deeply held insecurities.
I’ve found it hard to stick with my meditation routine and have felt the need to clear out cupboards, put together the photo book from our holiday to Spain and take a break from my work schedule.
Early this morning I went for a grey-skied walk to the ocean and sat with shoes off on a rocky outcrop above the water. I chanted the Om mantra, stared at the sea and drank in the clear, cool air. And I felt new.
You’re new too, just take a moment to pause and feel it.