The garden is fast declining, rushing us to finish the harvest. Trees bend low with fruits and leaves begin to blush; it's suddenly time to shift our energy to Fall. Known as the "ripening and rottening" season in Chinese medicine, Autumn is a time of both inspiration and release. As we breath in the welcome, cool air on the hot heels of summer, we likewise shed what is past its prime. The falling foliage echoes our own, healthy letting go as we settle into our work, our studies, our dreams and our spiritual practices or hobbies.
Fall is a transitional season, reminding us that soon days will be shorter and we can journey inwards. But first, we put our spring and summer projects to rest. It is a ripe time to see what needs finishing, to take stock of our resources (both physical and emotional), and give thanks for all the blessings and bounty of the past year. This time of year we may encounter melancholy and lower energy; this is all part of the cycle and can be tended to lovingly with good eating, extra rest, snuggling up with a good book or bath and time spent with loved ones.