As gardens and forest flora and fauna are waning and slowly putting themselves to bed in preparation for the Winter Dreamtime, so too, are we feeling the slow-down. The weather has changed into a welcoming coolness, a freshness so longed for after a long, hot summer. Autumn is finally here.
Second harvest is also slowly coming to its end. Canning done, jams and jellies are made and fruit pies in the freezer waiting for a wet or snowy day. Aromas of fall baking and comfort food like stews and thick soups hang in the near future as hot chocolate or chai tea afternoons parlay with one's time of book reading near the fire. It's a wonderful time of the year.
Taking stock of one's self at each season's change is an ancient ritual. It's a easy way to check in with nature because nature, on her own schedule, is predictable as the dates of the year. Fall is the time to celebrate the harvest of seeds planted a year ago and taking note of ones that came to fruition and those unproductive. It's a time for gleaning the soil for useful remnants and discarding that which are of no use, save being tilled back into the soil for decay and fertilizer for the upcoming year. What are you harvesting and discarding? What seeds like life changes, ideas, projects are you planting for next year that may lay dormant, resting in the Dreamtime?
It's a time to slow down, listen to your heart's pace and take action of almost no action to enjoy the wonder of the season. Listen . . . wait . . . and follow the whispers of your heart's calling.
Enjoy the breaths of fresh fall air
Reana Selody Joubert
Pondering, mulling, musing with pen in hand about animals or people, sometimes family or sometimes wild. Oh, and news & events, too.
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