This is the season for letting go but how can we practice that in our daily lives? The earth reminds us to how move with the changes and be in harmony with our local season and natural environment.
Just as the days get shorter and nights get longer and the trees shed their leaves and move slowly toward Wintering, we might find our own profound meaning in all this process.
Nature has lots to teach us when we tune in and work on our ways of relating to the natural word. Living, loving and relating to the more than human world is a process and something we have lost touch with as we've evolved to live in cities and with technology. But nature has remained waiting for us to return our attention, open our senses and awaken to the very life force that sustains us. Now as we face climate change the only thing that makes any sense in this lifetime is to care for nature as if it were our dearest family.
If we are to have an intimate relationship with nature what might that look like as we move into the season of Autumn? There's plenty of scientific evidence to show connecting with nature is essential for your mental health and wellbeing. Indigenous folks across the world have related deeply to mother nature and lived in harmony with her for centuries as if they were born caretakers of our land. Todays blog shares some Autumn processes and practices you can try at home or in your local parks or backyard so become well acquainted with the natural world. I encourage you to put on your Aussie woollens and get outside into nature; explore and discover Autumn.
Contemplations or journal prompts on Autumn
• what can I let go of in life to make space for slowing down, restfulness and authenticity?
• what does the practice of deep refuge and mindfulness retreat look like for me?
• how might I accept the mysteries of the unknown and changes Autumn personifies?
• how might I prepare for the winter months by preserving only what matters most?
• how might I find comfort and protection as the weather gets cooler. Think open fires, cups of tea, wholly socks, safe spaces and warm afternoon sunshine.