I can’t believe that it’s September already. March, when Covid-19 really began taking off, feels like an eternity ago and yet it doesn’t feel like we really had a summer. Is anyone else feeling like they’re in this weird limbo state where time seems to move at a different pace?
The days are getting shorter and a couple weeks, on September 22, we’ll be celebrating the Fall Equinox and the first day of autumn. This time of year is a turning point in nature. As the days become shorter, we see signs around us of nearly everything in nature preparing to hibernate and go within. Trees shed their leaves and focus on conserving energy to make it through the winter. Animals scurry around gathering the last bits of food to sustain them as they huddle in their nests and dens during the cold months. Even water slows down as it freezes. All of this is in preparation for new growth in the springtime.
At one point in our human history we too would slow down during the winter and stay within our homes. Families would gather around a warm fire and share stories, learn new skills, and be in sync with the rest of nature. For those who worked the land, the work would slow down and they would have a pause in their labors. This alignment with the ebb and flow of nature gave us humans time to rest and regenerate.
The fall also has a spiritual message for us. It is the time for us to go within, face our inner darkness, fears and ego, and work to overcome and release both. This “dark night of the soul” time is critical to the start of our next stage of spiritual evolution. Before we can evolve, we need to first let go of (or let die) those parts of us that will not serve us as we move toward higher consciousness: separation, polarity, judgments, hatred, intolerance, anger, etc. This allows more of our natural light to begin to shine through and grow.
What do you need to release? Personally, I’m continuing to work on releasing my ego. It’s not an easy task! And I’m hopeful that because I am still working from home that I’ll be able to align more with nature’s cycle. How can you use this continued social distancing time to shed what’s holding you back?
I hope you’re doing well and embracing this strange, crazy time we’re in!