During times of change, such as the changing of the seasons — particularly the transition from Summer to Fall — I think about all of the returning that happens. Schools have “homecomings,” stores have “back-to-school” sales, and the leaves are turning color and returning to the earth. My friend Ruth believes October is the true New Year, my friend Robyn calls Fall “second spring” and my partner Walter begins his new yearly budget in October.
There is something about October that brings about a return, a way in which we turn again, turn inward perhaps, and hopefully return to ourselves.
What would you like to return to this autumn? What are you revisiting, re-visioning, recounting, and returning to? In what ways are you beginning again this Fall? If you imagine Fall as a new year, what do you want in it?
Amidst the chaos of life right now, I am spending a few moments each day returning to myself. I remember to breath, stretch, feel my feet on the solid earth. It takes just a few minutes to find my center again when I refocus my attention to coming home to myself.
Sometimes I even do the tree pose to feel myself connected to the ever-changing earth.
What do you do to return to yourself during times of change, transition, and renewal?