As colorful leaves at OM Sanctuary drift to the ground in the fall, we are
reminded that nature’s cycles are similar in our lives. Autumn is a time
for letting go and releasing things that have been a burden. This time of
the year leaves fall and bare tree branches remind us of the fleeting
nature of all things.
It’s told that masters in Tibet used to set their teacups upside down before they went to bed each night as a reminder that all life was impermanent. And then, when they awoke each morning, they turned their teacups right side up again with the happy thought, ‘I’m still here!’ This
simple gesture was a wonderful reminder to celebrate every moment of the day.
Every season offers a wonderful amount of insight and wisdom for our journey within. Autumn is a season of transition, reminding us that our lives are constantly changing.
The autumn leaves color changes are actually turning to their original hue as chlorophyll is gradually blocked. This helps trees to pull their energy inward for the coming hibernation of winter, the chlorophyll in the leaves decreases and the vibrant shades we see are the tree’s true color. With autumn’s energy of release, we are asked to consider the things, habits, beliefs, and attitudes that we are being called to let go of in the coming days. As fall begins, we are called to reflect on our lives and the world around us.