It feels almost undeniable for me right now, as I continue to watch the patches of gold above Lemon Lake disappear each day on my commute home... the shift. I find the autumn here in Colorado to be one of the most glorious experiences one can have-a sharp deliberate beauty that is only enhanced by it's fleeting nature. Enhanced by the season that looms off in the horizon.
I've been inclined to offer up tips and tools based on not only my own experience but also of my clients and athletes in the past. For whatever reason, today I just choose to offer up observation.
Drawing on my "california-new-age" side of me, I must tell that the last couple of weeks, while trying to soak up as much time in wilderness as I can, I've been able to tap into a deep feeling or energy coming forth from the natural surroundings. At times it feels like bliss, crisp and clean; the sunlight and the angle so bright that the trail blends with the shimmering gold-ness. I have to stop and pause. The smell-also unmistakable. The sound too. It's a full body and sensory experience. Can anyone relate?
And yet, in the midst of this blissful state, there is also a shaky feeling, an unknown feeling. I find myself feeling a bit off, a touch of fear even?, darkness is coming minute by minute and with that a deep knowing that it's time to go inside. Both physically and in metaphor. In some of the more Native traditions, the fall is the time of introspection, of being closer to ourselves, of diving into our own growth work. During the summer we play, we expand, we exhaust. So the natural cycle lets us return to roots.
Drawing on recent conversations: this inward movement for some feels inviting, comforting. Soothing even. Others yet, report feeling that unease, that shaky-ness, the darkness coming. We all live in such busy worlds, filling our days with to-do's, and tasks, meetings, and appointments. What if we could go a bit deeper, to press pause. (well, okay I guess I am offering some tips here)
Pause and ask, "What does this time of year mean for me?"
If nothing else-just get out there and experience the shift!