I don't know. Three little words that are liberating.

I’m a bit late getting this post out. It seems like September flew by, and suddenly, it’s October. Wow! How did that happen.?

Are you feeling the same way?

I’ve heard folks say as we get older, time goes by more quickly, but I sense that something more is at play. I keep hearing from many that we are living through some unpresended times of immense change. And yet, some things appear to be the same while things have changed beyond recognition. There are signs of change, both large and small, all around. But, I still go to school to help the newcomers learn English, guide the qigong groups, take care of household tasks and walk in the forest.

And then there is that feeling as if I’m holding my breath, waiting for something. Can you feel it, too?

Over the years, I have learned to pay attention to the nuances of my body. Those inner sensations have been my guide, keeping me moving forward and primarily out of trouble. Well, those familiar sensations are arising again. They appear to be stronger than they have been for many years. So, although nothing clear has been made known yet, the change is coming. What it will be, I don’t know. I sense it will be significant somehow, and I’m curious.

The unknown doesn’t make me fearful. After all the changes and adventures I’ve had, I know that what is coming will alter my life, and I’m ready for the challenges that may accompany it.

So, for now, I embrace the wisdom of nature and let go of speculation, worry and uncertainty, much like the trees are letting go of their leaves. As I walk the leaf-strewn paths through the forest, I know I will have to leave some things behind. As I release them, they become the nourishment and space for something new, much like the leaves on the path. Watching the geese fly overhead, I know that I, too, will know when it’s time to step in a new direction. The longer evenings give me time to be still, to tune into my inner self and see what arises.

It’s also a time to look at the seeds I sowed in the Spring. Those seeds of connection with others, of acknowledging my creativity, of being more authentic and of the importance of service to others I see how they have broadened my path and created new opportunities.

The changes within myself are much like the changes in nature. Nothing remains the same; each season, we grow and flourish according to that moment.

How about you? Are you noticing that you have changed? How do the changes sit with you? What are you discovering about yourself?

Autumn is a time to slow down and take stock of what you are harvesting in your life, family and community. It’s a time of riotous colour and beauty. Let the colour fill you with joy. It is a time of letting go and making way for something new.

Let me know what comes up for you as you read this. Reach out to me if you need someone to listen.

With Love and gratitude