As I look out my window on this wet fall day, I close my eyes and go within. I hear the sylphs whisper a message in the wind.
In the fall, the days get shorter, and the reduced light signals the deciduous trees to reduce and then stop producing the chlorophyll that keeps the leaves green. When the chlorophyll stops, the tree begins to prepare itself for winter. The chlorophyll is what keeps the leaves green. When there is no more chlorophyll, the leaves reveal their true colours rather than changing colours.
All aspects of nature work in harmony. The wind blows and gusts. The nuts drop and the leaves fall away from the branches. Slowly the leaves accumulate, carpeting the ground in a multitude of colours. The naked trees stand tall reminding us of our own vulnerability. The rain nourishes the roots and help breakdown the leaves. Many animals collect the bounty the summer produced, for winter storage. The temperature drops and the trees reduce their sap flow. The last of the hardiest flowers drop away. The amphibians and reptiles dig into the earth to settle into hibernation. As the temperature continues to drop, the rains turn to frost and snow and all of nature is blanketed for the winter slumber.
It is a time to harvest the fruits of our labours and propagate the seeds. It is a time to see all of the beauty around. It is a time to reveal our true colours and drop what no longer serves us. It is a time to let go and recycle the old so that we can be freshly nourished in the spring. Fall is a time to prepare for winter. It is a time to send all to our core so we can prepare to go within and re-evaluate and dream.
So when the days grow darker and cooler, notice how your chlorophyll stops producing, your energy drops and your expression lags. Feel good about snuggling up in a comfy chair with a hot cup of tea. Take a few moments to see how you are part of the process. Realize that the fall process takes place over several months and not over one weekend. Feel good about slowing down. You still need to harvest your fruit, collect and sort your nuts, drop the old and compost the garbage but take your time with it. Get in the rhythm of the season and go with the slowing flow.