The Changing of the Seasons
Enjoy living and your life will be holy.
Welcome to the Reflection for September!
The past couple of weeks, we can all feel the transitioning of the seasons in the Northern Hemisphere as summer gives itself over to autumn. When I go for my walk these days, I do so amidst leaves that have let go from the trees and are carried by the wind.
I love living in a place where the changing of the seasons is very evident with subtle shifts as the evenings get cooler and the sun sits lower in the sky each day. Each season ushers in a new cycle to our living with its gifts as well as its challenges. In the midst of these cycles, I have been reflecting upon the paradoxes of our living. That nothing is constant, except change. And at the very same time, we can rely on the rhythmic nature of the changing of the seasons. They can be depended upon to circle back around, again and again. Each season is new, but also holds the undertones of familiarity.
Our Spirit Garden Reflection this month invites us into a kind of ‘holy listening’ in which we take time to notice and enjoy the gifts of the seasons of our living. As summer hands the baton to autumn, what memories are you savouring about this summer season? What invitations does the season of fall offer you? What might you let go of? What abundance are you harvesting?
As we celebrate the Fall Equinox this week, may listening to this month’s reflection help you pause and harvest the blessings of your living.
Here’s to grace-full transitions,
From this tasting of holy awe,
a sense of security, faith and hope emerges.
The Changing of the Seasons
The audio file below offers a reflection on the invitation to enjoy living. The reflection is followed by a handout with some questions that are intended to help you journal your own thoughts and experiences with the transition of the seasons as well as the invitation to enjoy our living that is offered to us from many wisdom traditions. Please print these out before you listen to the audio file.
You are invited to create a comfortable space for yourself and perhaps light a candle as you take about 20 minutes to listen to the recording and then answer the questions. May this be a time of watering the garden of the soul.
Please click on the button below to download the reflection questions that go along with this reflection.
Autumn is the season to find
contentment at home by
paying attention to what
we already have.
Spirit Garden Moments
Spirit Garden Moments offer a short pause in your day and an opportunity for reflection. The Spirit Garden Moment this month will be here shortly!
The Sacred Circle
May we experience the wholeness that is at the heart of all life.
Across Canada, as we hold in our hearts and minds the work of Truth and Reconciliation today, I have wondered what I might do as a personal practice to honour this work. What came to me was to go for a walk and gather wildflowers and leaves to create a healing mandala in my backyard.
As many of you know, a mandala is the Sanskrit word for sacred circle. This image of the sacred circle is a motif that appears in many traditions. Today, I am mindful of the sacred hoop of the drum and of the dream catcher in Indigenous traditions.
Meditating upon the sacred circle, I have held a prayer in my heart for wholeness this day. This prayer came as a gift from my dreaming time last night, it is simply:
“May we experience the wholeness that is at the heart of all life.”
The words of this simple prayer reminded me of a little song that had come to me while on retreat a number of years ago. I won’t sing it for you (I only sing in the shower!), but I offer the verses to you as we walk this path of healing together.
we are part of the Great Love.
Remember the Great Love,
it will make you whole.
we are meant to BE Love.
Remember you are love,
and we will be whole.
This week, I met with a Shaman who spoke of the Universe as being the One Verse that all of creation is singing. May that one verse be a song of love and may the blessings of the healing circle embrace us all.
True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain
but also being moved to help relieve it.
The Spirit Garden Reflections for September invite us to pause in between our tasks and take a moment to enjoy the goodness that is right here, under the surface of the busyness that so often captures our full attention. What do you notice in these pauses? What sights, smells, tastes, sounds, sensations can you harvest as fruit that nourishes your soul?
Connect & Share
You are invited to share any of the words or lessons that the element of water has evoked for you, or perhaps what you look forward to each spring. May we help each other welcome the energy of this new season!