17 days to go…

Happy Autumnal Equinox – or Vernal Equinox, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere. I like noting these days; when the seasons change – the equinoxes and solstices – the rhythm of life on our planet.

I love living in a part of the world where we have four distinct seasons (well, most years). I love the message – nothing stays the same and nothing lasts forever.

The equinox reminds me of the importance of moving with the rhythm of myself, with others, and with the planet. My body responds naturally to the seasons. My sleep patterns shift, I look for different food for nourishment, and my activities and energy change.

The equinox is about balance – the time when the light and darkness are even. The message: remember to create balance in my life. I need time to rest, time to work, and time to play. Some days I can do more, some days will be less. It is all valuable. Each season contributes to the whole of my growth.

The seasons compliment together. Appreciate what each one brings – there are gifts there for us in both the seasons of the Earth and the seasons of our lives. Happy Autumn.

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  1. I love the changing of the seasons. Fall is my favourite time of year. I love what you said about creating balance in life. Thank you for that reminder.

  2. Hi Laura-Jeanne:

    I too, love the fact that we have 4 seasons although in Calgary we can have 4 seasons in one day sometimes. Overall, I do enjoy the rhythm of the year. Spring is my favourite – watching the migrating birds return, plants sprouting in my garden etc. My favourite is when the robins come back. It lifts my spirits to hear those first “Cheer up, Cheer up” calls by the males from the top of the fir trees. Summer used to be filled with swim lessons and day trips with my kids but now gardening has taken its place since I’m no longer needed to ferry them to the swimming pool or the zoo. I love watching the constant growth and change in the garden. Fall is always the busiest time for me – winding down my garden, canning and freezing its bounty and of course fall cleaning. I enjoy the big clean out as it gets me organized for the upcoming holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. i’m not a fan of winter despite being born and raised in Canada. But I try to keep busy with hobbies like my crafts, reading and of course writing. It is a time to cocoon, and plan for the upcoming new year.

    I thank you for the reminder of finding balance. This is something that is not easy for me but I’m learning to do it better as I’ve gotten older. I’ve learned not to fret if the “To Do” list doesn’t get done. One thing that I’m relearning is to pay more attention to nature and her signals with the changing seasons. I loved this as a child, whether it was the smell of the lilac in the spring or the wet earthy smell of fallen leaves in the fall. I kind of lost this in recent years and am glad for my life finally slowing down enough to reconnect again. Happy Autumn to you as well.

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