As the leaves turn to rust, and the autumn sun burnishes everything
it touches with gold, suddenly we are filled with a beautiful
sense of completion. While the burning heat of summer sun is
at an end, still the days are infused with a gentle warmth, which
seems to nurture every part of us. Autumn is a golden time indeed.
Sometimes we find ourselves wishing, if only every moment were
like this, how much easier life would be.
If we cling to this thought, rather than immersing ourselves
in the beauty of the moment, then we are likely to become melancholy
- to resist the onset of winter - the time of darkness.
Many of us dislike the cold and dark of winter, because it nudges
us into retreat. For many the very thought of winter makes them
feel sad, resistant, because it echoes those times in our lives
that do feel dark, lonely and inhospitable. As the trees lose
their leaves, often we are overcome with a tangible sense of
loss, as our world starts to feel stark and bare. Nature does
not experience winter in this way. The trees willingly shed
their leaves, because their leaves fertilise the ground in preparation
for the burgeoning of Spring, and we are asked to do the same.
So, as the days continue to shorten, what aspects of our life
is it time to let go of, in preparation for our Spring? The more
we can shed, the more we make room for all those possibilities
that await us. Then it is we can enter more profoundly into the
many blessings winter brings.
In the Celtic year winter was the time of the cave - the rich
time of dreaming. And, as we retreat with the cold, this too
can be our time for the birthing of new dreams. Once we understand
this, then our wintertime, physically and metaphorically, can
become one of the richest times in our lives.
Those who are open to all that winter offers, who take time
out to replenish, to be, will have the strength and resources
to embrace all the excitement Spring can bring. So why not start
to plan your own wombtime - it won't let you down.