Honouring the Space Between

Forest in autumn

In honouring the space between summer and winter, fall comes in to represent a transitional space. As we transition into autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, the days are getting shorter and the leaves are changing colours and beginning to fall. It makes me reflect on all that has come to harvest, both in my garden and in my life since the year began. Have you been doing the same?

These transitional spaces offer a time to rest and digest. It is also a time to consider what changes are occurring in our lives, as we look out beyond and see the changes occurring in nature as well. When we are in sync with nature’s rhythms and our natural rhythms, life manifests in wondrous ways. How did we get here? Where do we go from here? How can this moment in time empower us to stand fully in the here and now, to rest and digest and ground ourselves in the present?

white tiger resting on branch

Oftentimes, we just want to go, go, go. Sometimes without even stopping to take a breath, smell the roses or sit down to eat. I would often just move forward from change, not paying much attention to how I was feeling or what emotions were arising. While I was being propelled into the next thing, I wouldn’t allow myself the time to grieve or honour what had passed, because there was just still so much to do! And what has passed is in the past, right? Well, not steadying myself took me off balance, and running courses that were not grounded in the person I had grown into through the process of those changes.

Transforming Space and Time

After many disappointing turns and tragic losses, I finally came to realize that there was more to life than just being busy all the time. In letting up ego control, Spirit emerged and started directing me into a much more satisfying and fulfilling life. I began treating my life experiences as sacred, and honoured the transitional spaces of one season in my life to the next. When I transformed my driven nature into enthusiasm that brought in curiosity, courage, and compassion. Nowadays I slow down enough to see beauty in my surrounding and feel joy in my heart. I feel more free to explore, rather than be driven to get somewhere consumed by a sense of urgency, and “lightened” up.

As we transition into autumn, take some time to consider what is now harvesting in your life. Has anything manifested from the seeds you planted back in spring? Take notice of what shifts have taken place as the winds pick up and swirl the energy around. Bring to awareness what is dissolving in your life, and what needs to fall away. Eliminate energy drains. Use this time as an invitation to unburden from anything you no longer need. Discern what is no longer in alignment with who you are now, and the life you want to live.

moose calling in forest

Finding A Good Fit

Some situations in your life make you contract, and others enable you to expand. This gives you a clue as to what is a “good fit” for you now. This might different from what used to fit perfectly into your life at the time. It’s important to realize that as a spiritual being, you are constantly evolving with human experiences.

Each time we transition through chapters of our lives we cross a threshold and are no longer the same person. There might have been a shift, break, or a blossoming. Impermanence is a force to reckon with, one that teaches everything changes and that nothing lasts forever. The key is to keep pivoting toward what feels true for you now. 

Honouring The Space Between

As you transition into fall, give gratitude to all that has been, the blessings you have received, and the lessons you have learned.

Then rest and digest. Allow for healing and regeneration. It’s been a tough year, and you certainly deserve it!

transition tao saying

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