fall is without a doubt my favorite season. while i live in sunny southern california, where we are somewhat immune to the sweater weather and golden autumn leaves, i still love the general feeling of fall. it is a time when we can truly examine our own, inner personal harvest, and how our life has grown.
in honor of this beautiful season, i’d like to offer up a contemplative meditation for fall. enjoy!
meditation for fall
come to a comfortable sitting pose, with your eyes closed gently.
begin with three to five deep, long breaths. with each inhale, pause for just a few seconds before the exhale. let your body’s energy settle, and return your breath to normal breathing.
spend five or so minutes with your attention simply resting on the breath. feel each inhale and exhale within your body.
when you are ready, begin to survey your year’s harvest; what have you achieved? what great moments or lessons have you been gifted with this year? what challenges have you been faced with and overcome? let yourself sit with these moments. give thanks for them, and give thanks to yourself for cultivating these gifts and lessons. continue contemplating your harvest, your strength, and your greatness for as as you’d like. allow yourself time to examine even the smallest moments.
then, turn your attention to those who have assisted in the realization of your harvest. give thanks for their love, strength, and support. commit to giving back that strength, support, and love.
next, take the time to release. in the same way that we can harvest this year’s goodness, this is also a time to practice the art of letting go. as the trees shed their leaves, we too can let go of certain behaviorisms, issues, problems, etc. whatever has plagued us or is weighing us down, now is the time to let go. take the time to focus on each of these aspects. sit with them, learn from them, gently investigate them. and when you are ready, imagine that each issue peacefully drifts away.
this is also a time for us to focus on what new seeds we want to plant for the future. what are your hopes/goals/intentions/desires for the year ahead? take the time to truly examine what it is you would like for the rest of this year, and that to follow. imagine yourself planting those ideas/thoughts/dreams/goals/desires with loving kindness. know that these seeds will continue to grow and flourish in the year to come. with every seed you plant, know that you are manifesting these ideas for your future. and feel free to visit those seeds which have not yet sprouted; maybe there are goals or intentions from the previous year you have not yet met. which of your seeds this year has grown, and which have not? continue to give love and light to those seeds, and know that they will flourish when the time is right.
to close this meditation, simply sit with the strength and lessons you have gained from your harvest. have faith in the seeds you have planted within your heart. have faith in the lessons you have learned. and have faith in the goals and plans you are manifesting for your future.
when you are ready, slowly return your attention to your breath, and open your eyes.
in future meditations, feel free to visit these ‘crops’ in your heart. continue to tend to these seeds of greatness as the year comes to a close.
sat nam everyone!