the medicine of nature
by Peter Sonnenberg
As the wheel of life turns, the power of nature is a constant messenger that displays the brilliance and perfection of life’s rotations and the never-ceasing state of change. The harvest of fall reminds one to gently transition from the light foods of summer fruits to the hearty foods of squash and root vegetables.
What an opportunity it is to balance your inner nature as the external shifts and transforms into the next state of transition. Rafting and swimming hole delights shift to foliage hikes and apple and pumpkin picking. The richness of the Hudson Valley is truly realized in the stunning and abundant diversity of season’s change.
The changing of the leaves gently whispers its awesome message of tremendous beauty—a beauty that only nature can manifest. One is deeply humbled as the Hudson Valley becomes a mosaic of rich, deep vibrancy that feeds the soul and prepares one for the chills of the autumn. There is a bittersweet experience of recognizing the brilliance of life and the reality of gathering wood and cleaning the stove’s pipes for the coming of the more inner season of winter.
Important feelings arise now from within that allow inner energies to flow and harmonize with one’s own unique language and relationship to Nature. Whether it is a feeling of delight with the brisk days and release of summer’s tropical heat or a feeling of remorse over the loss of longer days and green scenery. Whatever your relationship to fall—let it be.
Allow all of your feelings to flow and arise within, letting your specific internal universe maintain and sustain its state of harmony. Allow old energies and emotions to either flourish or purify away, making room for an internal harvest. Reap the benefits of the inner work that you did during the spring and summer months, as you have been planting seeds of potentially new consciousness, or intentions of change that can now be realized in this new season.