Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Autumn Reflections

by Leigh

What comes to mind when you think of Fall?  changing leaves, cooler days, and pumpkin spice everything! There's a cozy feeling and it's not just my oversized sweater and uggs.  As the days get shorter we put on our layers, grab a warm drink and curl up with our loved ones.  Fall always seems to go by quickly.  It seems like a week after we see Halloween costumes in the stores we start seeing Christmas decorations.  This always frustrates me because the rush?  I want to savor fall...enjoy fall...mull around with it for awhile.  

Autumn is a time to become your best self.  There are many things the fall equinox symbolizes...balance, preparation and reflection.  As we leave the warm days of summer behind and head into darker, colder days we will need these three things to get us through until spring returns. 

Balance is a state in which different things occur in equal or proper amounts or have an equal or propers amount of importance.  Balance eases the mind and creates a sense of control.  Balance is comforting.

Preparation is the action of making ready or being made ready for use or consideration.  In this case, we must mentally prepare ourselves for the darker and shorter days ahead.  Creating positive routines now will help to keep us healthy, strong and happy.

Reflection is serious thought of consideration. As the hustle and bustle of the holidays is upon us, it's easy to fall into a trap of superficial things.  Now is a time to look back over the year and be proud of what we've accomplished and how we can better ourselves.  It's not a time to focus on what we lack, but build on what we have and be grateful.

Enjoy this beautiful season of Autumn and see how it affects you.


kelly said...

leigh I just could not agree more. I really feel like October is when I finally start returning to a more natural rhythm in my life. I am savoring it all.

AFishGirl said...

Thank you for this thoughtful post, Leigh. Savouring is really what it's all about, yes?

Carol said...

I so agree. Fall is (by far) my favorite season and trees and leaves are what it's all about. The cool air and good sleeping revitalize me! You're right - let's savor it, not rush it!
Beautiful pictures!

Dotti said...

I love this post! From the wonderful fall photos to the great correlation you drew between nature and our own lives as we prepare for winter. And, yes, fall always happens too quickly. One day there are leaves on the tree, the next day they're are not. *sigh*

Irina Kolosovskaya said...

Thank you for this wonderful post and amazing fall images, Leigh!

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