2020 is my first experience of East Coast fall, and it’s stunning. Watching the leaves fall, like sparkles dripping, I am reminded of how nature easily sheds itself, transforming from one season to another.
Why do we humans cling so hard to what is no longer working? Imagine if a tree tried to cling to its dead leaves. Not only would the dead leaves fail to fertilize the earth, their inevitable rotting would cause disease for the tree itself.
The tree never mistakes itself for its leaves. The tree sees the leaves as a part of it, but it easily lets them drop when it is time. Human beings are a part of nature, and we have our own energetic leaves that we must drop when the time is right. Clinging to what is dead, and what will eventually rot, is a bad habit that we humans have taken as normal.
The truth is that leaves need to die, fall, and decompose. This is the only way new life can begin. Yes, winter is cold and dead, but deep down, life is starting anew. Without letting go of the old, and experiencing the winter of our lives, nothing new can grow.
The harvest season is upon us, making way for the winter ahead. Now is the time of gathering and preserving what is healthy and good, and recycling what didn’t work out the way we’d hoped. It makes no sense to try and preserve what is already not working. When the darkest days of winter are upon us, it is important to have access to only the healthy, well-formed fruits of the harvest.
This is all very metaphorical, but I’ve been taking stock of what works in my life, and what doesn’t. I’ve been taking lessons from the trees, and letting go as gracefully as I can. I’m trying to enjoy the fall, and give thanks for the past. I’m also looking forward to a cozy winter, surrounded by the blessings of a bountiful harvest.
Do you feel like it’s time to let go of certain thoughts, behaviors, or relationships? Do you feel like you are clinging to anything that is no longer working?
Thanks for reading and take good care. XO,