The Autumn Leaves Teach Us To Let Go

In Autumn it is tempting to mourn the loss of summer and feel bad about the approaching season.

Let’s think about Autumn leaves for a moment. They are turning into beautiful golden and red colours and then eventually falling to the ground. They are letting go.

This is a useful lesson for us all.

It’s been raining non-stop here for about a week. It’s tempting to moan about but I have tried to resist the temptation. I have felt frustrated I can’t work on the garden because it is too wet. I can reframe my thoughts about this though just as I can about anything else. The rain is giving me time in the house to read and write and work on indoor projects. It is a blessing. The rain is refilling the reservoirs which have been dried out over the summer. It is providing needed sustenance to the plants and trees. We need the rain.

The turning of the seasons teaches us about the cycle of life. There is time for everything. Everything is unfolding just as it should. Autumn gives us time to reflect on what has gone before and to prepare for the rest that is winter. Autumn lets us enjoy the bounty of the earth: the fruits, nuts, the wheat harvest, the berries.

The leaves are letting go. We can let go too. We can let go of the past. We can let go of our expectations. We can let go of our ego. We can let go of anything that no longer serves us.

What do you need to let go of?

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