Pausing for the Fall

September 20, 2015

I took this photo today realizing how the leaves are now scattering from the trees into the water. With the water below me and the trees above me I was able to feel somewhat suspended from my moment to moment and to experience some of the ‘letting go’ that comes with this season. Pausing, reflecting, appreciating, I wondered whether there was anything I could or wanted to let go of to build something different within myself.

If I could change one thing I would spend more time outside in nature. With our fast paced work life I find that I am more often than not, on my way to the next thing. I glimpse to the side to notice what flowers are blooming and which are fading. If this glimpse could change to a pause, what would really change? Would I be late? Would I need to work a shorter day? I would be more grounded to nature and to the earth.

Just breathing this time of year I am struck with how clear the air is and how my lungs long for this deep connection that comes with the breath. So again, just to breathe, demands that I slow down. This is what happens in the Fall and according to Chinese Medicine in the Metal Element.

And while this element is about letting go, it is by definition all about finding that part within each of us that is rich, valuable, precious and brilliant. There is an inner value within us that enables each person to connect to the heavenly aspects of being while still grounded on this earth. It is necessary and fulfilling to pause to know your own deeper self and spirit. And this again requires that you pause to experience this.

We are at the moment of the Equinox and the calendar’s marking of fall, I invite everyone to take a longer pause than usual to appreciate where you are and to gather from nature all the energy of letting go that will serve you right now.

I found a poem this weekend that I had forgotten. Please enjoy it.


Ten thousand flowers in spring,

The moon in autumn

A cool breeze in summer,

Snow in winter.

If your mind isn’t clouded

By unnecessary things,

This is the best season of your life.

Wu Men


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