As we move into the final days of autumn, the signs of seasonal change - shorter days and longer nights, fall leaf color and fallen leaves, crisp days and frosty nights - announce the on-going natural rhythm of life, of nature's movement to incubation in preparation for the long days of winter ahead.
We, too, incubate, turn inward as we adjust to the circadean rhythm announced by changes in the natural world. Perhaps you notice this in so many small ways, for example, a need for more sleep, a change in eating habits and food choices, a desire for cozy evenings in front of the home fire and intimate connection with family and friends, and a greater need for quiet and reflection time? If so, you are noticing the instinctual urge to slow down, change pace, and follow the energy inward. A Koan entitled 10,000 by the 13th century poet Wu-Men captures the essence of autumn and nature's prompting to inward turning:
the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer,
snow in winter.
If your mind isn't clouded
by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.
With best regards,
Stephanie Buck, Editor
e-Journal Jung in Vermont
The C.G. Jung Society of Vermont http://junginvermont.org/
JunginVermont@Burlingtontelecom.net or 802-860-4921