As we move from summer to autumn in the coming weeks, I want to dwell on the transition and mindfully embrace the change.
Somewhere between the advancement of transportation and the creation of the internet, seasons have slowly lost relevance. As I read and discuss with others about slow and thoughtful living I’m constantly reminded how crucial seasons are to our daily lives and well being. We seem to move through seasons without even blinking an eye, but there is such truth and rhythm in the constant changing of seasons. As we bring awareness to our everyday, it gives us the courage to move with the ever changing current of life.
God designed seasons as metaphors for life. Seasons build our character. We physically see and feel the ups and downs of life. Birth and death, abundance and absence, labour and rest, laughter and mourning and so many more.
As we move into autumn let’s try to be fully present. It’s a privilege to watch the seasons change. As we savor the last of the fresh fruits and vegetables, we learn to slowly and thoughtfully taste what might be the last of the season. We also work hard to preserve for the coming season and give thanks and celebrate all that we have accomplished.
Here are a few practical ways (using all your senses) to fully be present when experiencing this season.
- Go for a walk once a week and take a mental picture or photograph of a natural landscape. Return every week or so for the next couple months and watch the transformation occur. Remember to not only look for differences but to listen, smell, and feel the change occur.
- Visit the farmers market and buy the many in-season fruits and vegetables or find a free afternoon and go pick your own from a local farm. Have friends or family over and fully enjoy the harvest.
- Lastly, I’ve put together a playlist full of songs that represent the season of autumn. Go for a drive and take a listen. If it’s not your jam go ahead and make a playlist full of songs that represent autumn and change for you.
Change doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It’s actually a healthy part of life so let’s embrace and celebrate it as we gracefully move through the seasons of life together.