I have been rushing around. Getting the new fall schedules set, re-organizing, even cleaning out my closets. And it feels great.
I realize this is all natural seasonal behavior. Perfect. I also realize that in all the frenzy of activity that picks up in the fall I have not been taking advantage of this as a natural time for reflection, transparency, building on older patterns that serve and letting the others get swept away (the wind sweeps away the crispy dried leaves…could there be a more perfect metaphor?)
When I lived in California this was the season of the Santa Ana winds (the devil winds) that swept in hot and dry, fanned forest fires, drove wildlife out of hiding and into our house — tarantula in the crib! These winds literally unsettled everyone and everything. Back east the wind phenomenon is less dramatic but fundamentally real.
But caution, my friends:
Do not make the mistake of sweeping away things that serve you along with things that don’t!
I have taken up a few new practices but I allowed them to replace my sacred meditation time and so for the last few weeks I have been fitting in my meditation when i can and letting it go if I cannot find the time.
BAD BAD BAD. Nothing good comes of discarding the essential practices (SEE Practices) and I am suffering the consequences. So now one by one I am re-building and I have to say after a week of renewed devotion. PHEW! YAY! The anxiety that was creeping in, the occasional hot flash, the mood swings and frenzy … gone. (or at least preventable/controllable.)
Just a friendly reminder for you. Life saving wisdom for me!
Let the fall winds sweep but respect the calm still waters that run oh so deep.