It’s hard to believe we’re already a third of the way through the year. In Australia it’s mid Autumn and nature is showing off her brilliant pallet of reds, orange and yellow hues.
We’ve spent the past couple of weekends in the High Country of Victoria where the towns of Bright, Myrtleford and surrounds are filled with trees ablaze with colour.
Over the next month or so the ruby red and amber leaves will start to fall, the trees will slowly become barren and earth’s floor will be a carpet of crisp colour.
Watching Mother Nature go through her cycles reminds me of the shedding we all undergo in the inevitable changes that affects each and every one of us.
Although I love the long balmy days of summer, Autumn holds its own special appeal. Three things are in the air …
Somehow trees are at their most beautiful when they’re in the midst of letting go. And they seem to do it so graciously.
I feel as though I’m letting go of the weight and pull of the past. Accepting how things are, relinquishing control and having faith that we don’t have to hold onto everything can do wonders in uncluttering our life, our mind and our heart.
“Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day”. – Shira Tamir
The smell of leaves falling, the light changing and the sound of leaves crunching underfoot is a sensory feast. I’m loving my long walks with Harry in the cool mornings when there’s a slight chill in the air but the sky is still blue.
I’m no botanist but I know that leaves changing colour and dropping is a result of complex things at play. Light, temperature and genetics all cause leaves to fall off to protect themselves against the winter elements yet to come. Nature is such a complex cycle yet in a way it’s also simple. For every season there is a reason.
To understand the mystery is to uncover magic. But magic is often not understood but simply accepted and believed.
“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go. “
Autumn reminds me of the vast cycle of life. It reminds me of our lifelong journey of change, new beginnings, endings and the challenges that surround us.
It’s a reflective time to focus on what’s important. Happiness, purpose, family, our health and well-being, staying positive and living life to the full. It’s a time to release what no longer serves us and to feel grateful for what we do have and what brings us happiness.
Though I have no major trips planned at the moment there’s always something to look forward to. Even an overnighter in our camper can be rejuvenating, feeling cosy by a campfire, cooking delicious stews and snuggling up in warm clothes. The simple pleasures are often the best, like walking by a river and crunching through a carpet of leaves like a big kid.
As winter inches closer I’m reminded of the need for balance in all areas of my life, staying active yet finding time to relax. It’s allowing quality time to do what I love (without the guilt) amid the business of life and not slipping into those grey day blues. When we focus on nurturing ourselves and we take care of our own well-being we have more to give to others.
Change is in the air
So much is changing around me and it’s not simply the shade of the leaves and the temperature in the air. There are lots of unknowns on the horizon but in this ever-changing world no one really knows what’s going to happen next.
Perhaps that’s part of the mystery of life, learning to go with the flow and creating our own unique story along the way.
Having said that, I’m off to fill my home with the earthy smells of the season by baking my favourite banana and raspberry cake and lighting an orange candle.
My intention this month is to be open to the magic. It’s to watch for those changes and adapt, it’s to keep taking those steps forward towards my goals, no matter how small they are, and to make the most of every day. Sue at Sizzling towards Sixty and Beyond has dedicated a whole month to micro-stepping in May.
So for those of us that live in the Southern Hemisphere, embrace this delicious season of change. And for everyone else, I wish you a mindful and beautiful May.
May it be filled with magic, mystery and a whole lot of meaning.
In light and love
Even Lamby can sense change in the air
Here’s my cake, fresh out of the oven!