Autumn Mindfulness

November 19, 2010 By: Chiron Armand Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit

maple tree by m siosal

We haven’t raked the yard yet and, for once, I’m liking the look of our lawn. Though my memory is filled with years of leaf-draped landscape, I can’t seem to remember actually watching the foliage fall. Silent and peaceful in its descent, I wonder how conscious its progenitors might be of each singular exfoliation. To be honest, I wonder if it hurts.

As the seasons turn, they speak to us in their language of growth, climax, and decay. Though a long sleep lies ahead of us, few of us intend to slumber. With Venus and Jupiter returning from retrograde this week, many are hoping an upswing in our collective prosperity is near while working hard to overcome the effects the economy has had on our lives. As darkness and cold creep in on us, it’s easy to ask if good things can still be on their way, or if it will take Springtime for the Sun’s blessings to look upon us again.

Luckily, it won’t. Joy and prosperity are in abundance year-round and it’s important to surround oneself with reminders, especially now. Flowers, stones, amulets, candles (green and yellow especially), and other tokens can do wonders for keeping our minds in alignment with our goals and desires as we head deeper into the dark.

My suggestion? Make some sun water. On a Sunday, take a clear glass bowl outdoors or place it in front of a window at dawn. If you’d like, you can place a quartz crystal or tiger’s eye in it. Fill the bowl with clean water and empower it to capture the sun’s rays and blessings. As the sun begins to set, bring the water indoors to bottle and cork it. This water can be added to baths, showers, room spritzers, or simply used to anoint oneself. You can even anoint your wallet with it!

Whatever you do, don’t let the changing seasons fool you into thinking the worst is yet to come. Yes, there’s been immense loss in America over this past year – jobs, homes, and lives – and admitting the pain of losing and letting it flow through us rather than blocking it has taken courage that hasn’t been for naught. Eventually the losing stops and the increase begins again – often sooner than we think and in the backdrop of our lives. There’s a point at which we must let go of letting go, letting the process unfold as it will, planning and intending for the next phase. The results creep up on us faster than we expect.

And to be honest, I don’t think the trees pay that much attention. I think they’re too busy tending to things we can’t see right now to be bothered with their current state. It’s a story of rebirth we all know well, but sometimes forget.

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