The rhythms of the year’s seasons are reflected in the shorter cycles of our days and in the longer experience of living a life. Spring is the time of birth, our young years, the dawn of our lives. Summer is midday and the time in our lives that are full – of activity and people and just...all things life and living! Then comes fall, evening falls, and it brings to mind the dying of the day and the slowing down of our lives into the older years. Winter completes the year’s cycle with its darkened days and deadness, just as night reflect the death of the day. (And then: Dawn! Spring! Resurrection!) Where do you fall in those rhythms, as you read this? The hour of the day? The season of the year? Of life? How do you feel about the season of your life, your world, your soul? As we are sitting with the themes and invitations of stepping into fall this week, what might it be to open to the invitations of this season in your own life’s journey? You may or may not be in the "evening"/"autumn" of your life, but are there things you find that you want to let go (or gather! It's harvest-time, too!) as you consider stepping toward whatever is “next” for you? “I think of the trees and how simply they let go, let fall the riches of a season, how without grief (it seems) they can let go and go deep into their roots for renewal and sleep.... Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain... Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go.” ― May Sarton What are you being invited to let go? To gather? To attend to in *this* season?

Posted by Jamie Bonilla at 2021-09-21 14:46:08 UTC