An invitation to align yourself with Nature’s annual cycle of creation
Here in the northern hemisphere, Autumn officially arrives this year on Monday, September 22nd at 10:29 PM EDT and I, for one, couldn’t be happier.
It’s not just the obvious and universal things about fall that make my heart sing… the reds, oranges and golds of the leaves contrasted with the bright blue sky, the cooler temperatures, football, hearty soups, cozy sweaters, and the flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and allspice everywhere you turn. Nor is it only the more personal aspects, like my family returning to school and a more structured routine.
I also love fall because of the energetic shift from the balls-out, dynamic energy of summer to a more contemplative and inward-focused vibe. I can actually feel my body breathing a sigh of relief.
But it’s more than just my personal proclivities and interesting astronomical events at play here. Author, teacher co-creative scientist Machaelle Wright writes the following, based upon her work with Nature as a real and tangible energetic consciousness:
“The fall equinox activates the new year’s cycle. The environment in which the new cycle is ‘born’ (the garden) is quiet and at peace. The general garden feels ‘relaxed’. The lower life vitality level, with it’s lower level of activity creates the perfect environment for the birth of the new cycle.
At Perelandra, their experimental co-creative gardens in Virginia, a soil scientist was able to document shifts in “life vitality” of the soil at each solstice and equinox. And this didn’t happen only at Perelandra – the same results were obtained from other soil samples in other locations. Machaelle writes:
“Nature’s new year and the beginning of its annual growing cycle begins at the fall equinox. It hits its high point at the summer solstice. And then at the next fall equinox a new cycle begins.”
Although she’s talking about actual plant-based gardens here, the same dynamic applies to all of creation on this planet: a garden, a business, a project, your own personal growth and development. Each year a new cycle of growth is initiated at the fall equinox. Part of taking an co-creative approach to life then, is to take advantage of this naturally occurring dynamic in an intentional way.
So each year, at the moment of the Fall Equinox, you can find me taking a few minutes to sit in silence and open myself to the new cycles beginning within and around me – for my business and it’s various projects, for my other gardens – both in soil and “soil-less”, and for my ever-evolving life. I find that honoring this cycle makes me more aware of my embeddedness in the rhythms of nature and of life unfolding all around me, and I really love having that kind of container for my life and work.
I invite you to join me in bringing this awareness into your own life. You can learn more about the solstice/equinox dynamic and how to incorporate it into your life in this excerpt from The Perelandra Garden Workbook.
Happy New Year!
This embeddedness in the cycle of creation, with fall as a new beginning, is also integral to Autumn’s Pause, my annual fall retreat for women. For many attendees this retreat has become a part of their own annual process. It’s a soulful time-out, to focus on what is completing and become intentional about is emerging in the coming year.
We keep it fun and creative by using SoulCollage® as our main exploratory tool, and immerse ourselves in the radical self-care of good food, sacred spaces and supportive community. So if this description sets your heart a-flutter, I urge you to learn more.