Today we celebrate the Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. The word “equinox” comes from Latin meaning “equal night.” This refers that on this day, dark and light are equal. It occurs twice a year—once in Spring and the other in Autumn.
It is the time of year in which we honor the harvest.
In many traditions and indigenous cultures, the Autumn Equinox carries great meaning. It is the time of year in which we honor the harvest. Whether that be a harvest of the things planted in the fields or the harvest of intentions and endeavor.
Autumn is also the season when the trees and plants release leaves and blossoms that no longer serve them. This serves as a reminder for us to do the same—reflecting on the areas of life that need to be let go of, that no longer serve that also need to wither and fall away.
The wisdom of the Autumn Equinox.
Spend time outdoors. Pay attention to the changes in nature around you—the changing colors, temperature and even sounds. Make sure to pause and disconnect from the busyness of life. This alone will feel renewing.
Once you connect back to yourself, notice what are the goals and projects that enliven you and which do not? Life comes in cycles so it’s perfectly fine to see your aliveness and inspiration grow and wane.
As Summer fades and Autumn begins, take the wisdom of the season to reflect on what seeds you want to continue nurturing until ripened and those that are ready to be released in service to you and your heart’s desire.
Letting go to nourish and renew.
As Elizabeth Gilbert writes in her book Big Magic, creativity and inspiration must be nourished and if something no longer resonates with you, let it go so it can serve as a muse somewhere else.
As you watch leaves fall to the ground, remember that they nourish the earth and soon renew into new blossoms and fruits. So in letting go of what no longer serves, you begin the process of regeneration and nourish what does.
Wishing you a lovely Autumn season.