‘Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.’ Stanley Horowitz

I love this quote because it reminds us of the depth of the autumn season. On the autumn equinox there is an equal amount of darkness and light, a reminder from nature that it is a time to balance both the dark and the light within ourselves. Autumn is a time of both beauty and decay; a season that gently reminds us of the worth of both of these states.

As we watch leaves tumbling toward the ground we are reminded of the impermanence of all things. Like the trees that are dropping leaves, this is a time for each of us to gently release anything that has become a burden…trusting that it is this letting go that will eventually lead to the new growth we seek.

You are a Soul

You-are-a-SOul2‘You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.’

I think that for most of us life eventually brings us to that fork in the road that forces us to either adopt the philosophy behind today’s quote, or abandon it. I  was reminded of this yesterday when I spent the afternoon with a young woman who is in the throes of trying to understand the pain in her life.  When describing her anguish she looked at me and said, ‘It has left me nowhere to turn but toward the spiritual, there’s nothing else left.’  She said it as if she had been defeated, but I knew better. Pain had just led her to that fork in the road and made her choose.  I trust implicitly that now that she has chosen, she will find her way home.