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There’s a sense of duality to autumn, I think.

On the one hand, if you look to nature, it’s all about a slowing down, a dying off and clearing away, a gathering in and preparing for winter.

On the other hand, if you look to the operating system of the western world, it’s about starting afresh, new beginnings. Summer break over, there’s a sense of busying up again, especially in the lead up to Christmas.

Whichever way we look at it, autumn shows us, perhaps more than any of the seasons, the nature of impermanence. In nature, it just happens, but what about in our lives? When something new starts, do we acknowledge that something old needs to, or will, go? Do we allow it to go, or do we simply keep piling on, one thing on top of another, emotionally and practically?

So, in the duality of autumn, there’s also a symbiosis. There’s a yielding, an ebb and a flow, an in-breath and an out-breath.

Autumn is about new beginnings and it’s also about letting go.

It’s about gathering in, and it’s also about clearing away.

It’s the excitement for what’s to come, and it’s also the courage to let go.

So, how do we do this? Living in the world that we do, there are certain rules of play, so there isn’t an easy answer (that I’ve found yet anyway!) What I have found is that it’s about living in the duality, and making a commitment to living life with simplicity*.

It’s about honouring the parts of us that need to start afresh, start something new; as well as those parts that need to slow down, let go and clear out.

It’s about honouring the loss and the heartache, as well as the joy and excitement.

As with everything in life, it’s not black or white, either or, it’s a messy blend of all of it. Autumn is no different, but perhaps is the season where me most feel the juxtaposition of joy and heartache, old and new, slow and ‘busy’. Being able to sit in compassionate honouring of all of it, is key.

So, as you do your own autumn-ing, what needs honouring?

*simplicity is the word I use to describe living a simpler, more nature-connected life. To me, it means getting back to what really matters in life; what’s most important to us, individually and collectively, without the accumulation of ‘stuff’, both internal and external. It’s a journey of unravelling and letting go, getting rid of what no longer serves us and creating space to let in what will. It’s a journey of rediscovery and reconnection, to our true nature. To the outer world and all her beauty and wisdom, as well as that of our inner nature, the selves we were before all the conditioning took over.

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