As much as I enjoy the garden when it is in full bloom, there is something about the autumn garden that seems particularly grounding to me. Fall is the time to prepare the garden for its long winter’s sleep. There are leaves to rake and plants to be cut back. The deck furniture gets put away along with much of the statuary that adorns the garden through the summer. There is a concentration of activity with a very clear intention – to create an environment for the garden to take its rest. All of the growing and blooming and producing are done for a while. Now the plants turn inward.
In our lives we also need to take periods of rest and reflection. Turning inward allows us to pause and take inventory of where we are. In our busy lives we might convince ourselves that we don’t have time to pause and reflect, to slow the pace down enough to really be mindful of the path we are on. That’s why we often find ourselves feeling worn out. The garden takes its rest in order to restore its energy. You can do that as well.
Allow yourself to pause and take in the beauty of our natural world as it prepares to retire for the winter. Notice the changing colours around you. Feel the crispness in the air. Take a deep breath and notice perhaps a wood burning fire or the smells of the leaves. Listen for the wind rustling or the geese as they begin to head south.
Now that you have grounded yourself in the present moment, take a little to consider these questions:
What in my life needs to be put away?
In what way can I cut back?
How can I better prepare for rest?
Please post a comment and share how you slow down and take a rest.