Many people find autumn that leads to winter quite difficult seasons to cope with.
Autumn brings shorter days and longer nights. We experience colder weather with the first frost.
The season of autumn leading to winter enables nature time to let go of the old and make way for the new, in preparation for spring.
I am a spring and summer fan but realise that in the Northern Hemisphere we do at least get a variety of seasons. All the seasons are necessary to keep the cycles of nature working.
Autumn is a time for letting go and releasing things that have been a burden. All the religious traditions pay tribute to such acts of relinquishment.
The fall is a good time to sow seeds for our spiritual growth. Autumn reminds us of the impermanence of everything. We have experienced the budding of life in spring and the flowerings and profusions of summer. Now the leaves fall and bare branches remind us of the fleeting nature of all things.
Jewish rabbi and writer Harold Kushner in “The Lord’s My Shepherd”, suggests that when we contemplate fall’s changes, we grow more appreciative of all the beauties that surround us.
Those beauties are also our families friends and neighbours. We are all part of the human race. So that reminds us of the importance of treating other human beings, as we would wish to be treated.
The fall also brings home to our consciousness death and the challenge to live every day to the fullest and is a time to be thankful for the special people in our lives.
Let’s shed the things that hold us back and learn new and better ways. Life is about living it to the full.