Awakened this morning to a gorgeous, sunshiny day. I gave thanks for another day and got myself ready, as I usually do. I slipped on a knit skort and a tank, slid into my flip flops and headed down the stairs get the coffee going and hook Sophie up for her morning walkabout. So far, so good. We stepped out of the garage and I immediately noticed something was different. Since she was pretty urgent in the need to find a spot I focused on Sophie and we got moving quickly. The sun felt great on my skin and the colors and brightness continue to be astounding to my new visual awareness. Suddenly my awareness picked up something else. I was chilly…I was shivering a little. In spite of the bright sunshine, I was chilly and really wished I had some sleeves and closed shoes. The feeling was a bit jarring. As I accompanied Miss Sophie on her quest for the absolutely perfect spot for Her Highness to do her business, I thought about the change that is taking place at this very moment.
Of course change is taking place in EVERY moment, but I’m referring to the season change, and the change in our perception of our surroundings. Fall happens to be my favorite season. As an artist I’m especially in love with the color show, and as a sensualist I love the aromas and the sounds, and even the sensation of coolness on my skin as it juxtaposes with the warmth of the sun. What I notice is that as the season gently moves into its natural place, I am also moving and shifting. The urge to clear out, clean out and “nest” is palpable. I’m ready to thin out the closet, clean the refrigerator, organize my underwear drawer, and put things in their place. Something’s coming. Change.
I’m also ready to examine my Self and what needs cleaning, clearing and organizing. It helps that Bob and I are teaching our Infinite Possibilities webinar for the next two weeks since this program offers the opportunity to look at what thoughts and beliefs don’t serve our highest good or further our forward motion toward peace of mind and joy. It also helps that today is Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year and the first day of the “days of awe” which are the days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, a day of fasting, reflecting, remembrance, and forgiveness and the official beginning of a new year. The “days of awe” are a time for reflection, consideration, remembering, and setting our intentions. That the webinar and the holidays coincide makes perfect sense to me since they go together perfectly in my life right now.
Bob and I have spent a lot of time these last few days reflecting on the year past. It was one of the most challenging of our lives and we are amazed that we survived! Not only survived, but thrived, though it was hard to see that happening in the midst of the chaos. In retrospect we know that during it all we were held and guided and that not only did Creator have our backs, so did many wonderful and loving people. They say “hindsight is 20/20” and I can attest that is so. It’s great to look back and see how our life unfolded during those wild days and months. It’s also clear that we were cleaning out, clearing out, and organizing in a big and very literal way. The result was enormous change that has brought us to this very wonderful place in our lives.
So today, as I enter the “days of awe”, I invite everyone to enter their own time of reflection, remembering, and setting of intentions. Fall is a time for letting go and inviting in. It’s a natural progression from the wide-open feel of Summer; of hot days, sun and ocean breezes, vacations, and slowing down. To me, Fall is the beginning of the year when I “begin again” with the cleanse that Yom Kippur traditionally provides in the culture of my birth, allowing space for newness and the true sense that anything and everything is possible in the upcoming year. I invite you all to begin your own cleanse; to take some time to assess what you can release and what you would invite into your life as you move into the cornucopia of sensuality in this colorful season. I will be taking my time this fall, noticing everything with my “new eyes” and taking all of this new vision deeply into my heart and mind. I don’t want to miss one moment of the beauty and wisdom this new season offers. I hope you will also take time to notice the changes happening in your own life, breathing in your hopes, dreams and intentions, and breathing out anything that doesn’t serve your highest and best vision of yourself. Enjoy it!!!
I humbly share the following from the bible, Ecclesiates 3:1-8.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
With love and blessings. ~ FD