This is an unusual sort of post for me, usually I write about food and travel, but I wanted to take the time to reflect of the changing of the season, and welcome the season of Autumn into my life, and yours, as today is the official first day of autumn.
Autumn is my favorite season. Though we are often reminded of death during this time, as the leaves start to turn and fall off the trees, and the animals prepare for a long harsh winter, and as the weather has become drastically cooler, to me, this season inspires growth, reflection, and necessary change. To me, death is not always a bad thing, and in the fall, old habits die hard.
Autumn’s crisp wind reminds me of my school days. From childhood, beginning a new school year was fresh, exciting, and full of surprises. Even though changing classes, getting a new teacher, and possibly losing some friends in the class sometimes seemed daunting, I have always looked positively on change, and the idea of a new, even fearful situation excites me. Though my mind may be sometimes uncomfortable with change, I do genuinely enjoy being forced out of my comfort zone, in order to learn, grow, and expand my mind.
I prepare now for a dramatic change in my life, as I have officially booked a yoga instructor course in India. This program will be the start of an indefinite journey to India and SE Asia in the beginning of the new year. Enrolling in this course is the first real step I have taken for this trip, so now all the months of talking about going to India, and planning, have actually panned out. As I prepare for my upcoming trip to India, the fear, excitement, and joy of a new adventure have come upon me, and I grow antsy waiting, yet relaxed in the comfort of home, as I am reminded I will have to give up many of these comforts for several months abroad.
While researching for my trip, I have come across Lord Shiva. Fittingly so, in the Hindu belief, Shiva is a strong God, a God of destruction. Yet, his destruction is for the purpose of regrowth and rebuilding. Shiva’s destruction is purifying, as it completely removes the old, making way for growth and new opportunity. Sometimes when faced with blockage from old ways, habits, or situations, we are unable to move forward with what really needs to be done. Complete destruction or absolute change opens the mind and body to new possibilities that we could not have come across otherwise.
As I challenge myself this season to make way for change, I challenge you as well. I hope the freshness of the crisp Autumn air, and the beauty of the changing of the leaves inspire you to do something that scares you, making way for a bright new beginning next spring. As they say, closing one door opens others, so keeping in mind the spirit of Autumn, the time is now for death, and destruction, in order to make way for real growth and change for the future.
Is autumn your favorite season too? Why? What changes are you making this fall?