Autumn has well and truly set in now, here in the woods every morning there is change, the trees are shedding their leaves, the mornings feel quiet and still. On sunny days, the woodland is drenched in sunlight and even the foggiest of days can create a little piece of magic, as it did a few days ago when I captured A Magical Autumn Morning in the woods.
Over half term, we spent a lot of time over at my parent’s house. This house is incredibly special to me, it was the house my parents’ moved us to from London when I was 10. Even as a child, I always knew that I wanted to be in the countryside, surrounded by trees and open spaces, and my childhood home was everything I wished for and more. A beautiful cottage in the English countryside, and on sunny days, like those we experienced during half term, the light flooded in and cast a magic charm over my childhood home.
We spent hours outside and exploring every corner; collecting conkers, playing in the leaves and really observing the autumn light and seasonal changes. Often these changes can be a challenge, however change can be beautiful and serves as a reminder that this is a season for letting go, accepting that nothing is permanent and embracing change.
“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” – Anonymous
As we watched the leaves fluttering to the ground, I was reminded of nature’s cycle and we talked about how Mother Nature, often mirrors our own lives.
Autumn days are darker, colder and shorter, and this signals the need to balance darkness with light. I have written about Mindfulness before, and darker days are often the time where I try to practice mindfulness more often.
We are often fearful of darkness, preferring light and it’s uplifting qualities; I for one, love sunshine, light and the warmth it brings, however darker days can be just as uplifting. Using darker moments for quiet reflection, reminding ourselves of the warm light experienced during the daytime, the people that matter the most to us, the moments shared and the warmth in our hearts and homes.
Autumn is a time for letting go and shedding anything that has been a particular burden in previous months. Letting go is often something that doesn’t come easy to us, well, I know it doesn’t come particularly easy for me, however, take nature as the perfect example that nothing is permanent.
During Spring, we all experienced new life, new growth and a sense of excitement as Summer approached, now as the leaves fall to the ground, exposing bare, scrawny branches, we are reminded of the fleeting nature of things and this is something that I find the most valuable lesson of any season, after all, without Autumn, there can be no Spring.
On this particular morning, and the week that followed, the golden Autumn sunlight lit up everything. The trees, a fabulous display of green, yellow, orange and red and the ground twinkled and crunched under foot as we stomped about.
Leaving the days of Summer can be difficult, I do struggle with the change, especially with my medical condition, however, it is always worth reminding yourself the importance of letting go and embracing all the changes ahead, both seasonally and personally…
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