What is the color of September?
I say gold.
I say the color of goldenrod and marigolds, afternoon sunlight
and the gentle touch of yellow on maple leaves.
It’s the afternoon of summer, the turning of the seasons.
Endings and beginnings…
Letting go, making room for something new…
How does a leaf know when to change color?
How do the raptors know exactly when to head south?
How do the monarch butterflies know when to hatch?
They seem highly attuned to the slightest change in temperature,
light, sound and scent. Clearly, they’re guided by an inner knowing.
It’s afternoon as I write. A catbird calls from a nearby branch and receives a distant reply. A rabbit quietly munches greens at the edge of the yard. Crickets are beginning to chirp. The sun is already dropping below the trees, casting a golden glow across the yard.
“The lighting is beautiful right now,” says my 19 year-old-son Noah
as he walks by, journal in hand.
He’ll be going back to college soon. He’s recently discovered that journaling can be an effective way to process all the conflicting thoughts and feelings that arise as he prepares for change.
He searched his room and found the empty journal with the soft black leather cover his grandfather gave him. Now he’s off on a new adventure with a new friend.
“How do you feel after journaling?” I ask him.
“Great, clear,” he says.
I’m always amazed by what happens when I put pen to paper.
I had a whole different plan for this month’s blog and then nature drew me in!
Nature as teacher
Writing as a tool to lead us back to the power of NOW
I highly recommend putting pen to paper this month. Inspired by my son who was inspired by his friend Xander, I’m going to commit to journaling each day during September.
Would you like to join me?
All it takes is a pen and paper. Perhaps one day you’ll write pages, another….. a sentence or two, another…. one word.
Simply putting pen to paper is enough! See what happens!
Wishing you clear sailing,
Chapter 1:The Way Back
DECEMBER BLOG 2018
Here we are.
The darkest part of the year is here, in the Northern Hemisphere
It’s Dark and Cold.
Admittedly this is not my favorite season.
I forget about this time during the glorious warm, sunlit seasons
that seem to go on forever.
I have met a handful of folks who love winter.
Are you one of them?
Or are you dreaming of warm, sunny escapes like me?
Letting go of the outward communion with nature’s fauna
and flora I find quite challenging. At least it’s gradual.
Nature is kind.
It’s so QUIET outside. The songbirds are long gone. The bull frogs in my pond have stopped singing. The cicadas and crickets have disappeared. Occasionally, I hear the lone call of a Red Tailed Hawk as she plays with the wind currents.
It’s also COLORLESS. The bright, cheery flowers are gone.
The Maples and Birches and Oaks have shed their leaves
and now stand naked and proud, silhouetted against the darkening sky.
Despite my dislike of this winter season, I have been hearing a new voice this year:
“Befriend the Darkness”
“In order to experience anything at all, the exact opposite
of it will appear.
“It is a great gift,” God said,
“because without it, you could not know what anything is like.”
“You could not know warm without cold, up without down,
fast without slow.”
“And so, “ God concluded. “When you are surrounded with darkness,
do not shake your fist and raise your voice and curse the darkness.
Rather be a Light unto the Darkness and don’t be mad about it.
Then you will know who you Really Are.”
The Little Soul and The Sun by Neale David Walsch
Would you like to join me for a walk in the dark?
I’ve been practicing!
Stepping out into the night. No flashlight. No IPhone.
And do you know what?
I’m actually enjoying getting to know this new friend!
She’s becoming a beautiful and powerful ally. When I allow her in,
she reveals to me, bit by bit, those lost treasures of heart and soul
that await my discovery.
Wherever you are on Planet Earth, I invite you to join me for
a few minutes.
Step out into the Night
What do you discover?
I’d love to hear about your experience!
Love and Blessings,