Happy Harvest Season! Grounding + Gratitude + The Practice of Letting Go

Aspen in Autumn
Fall is my FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR!  It is a magical time of great change and great harvests.  You can feel it in the air as soon as you walk outside... the air is a little bit cooler and crisper.  You can see it when you look around.  All of the leaves on the trees start changing colors because the trees are sending their energy back into the roots in preparation for winter.  As the Autumn winds of change blow the leaves off of the trees, the trees teach us that it is a time of letting go to prepare for the darker more internal time of year.  
As the days continue get shorter and we descend into the darkness, we also get to reap the benefits of all the seeds we planted early on in the year.  Right?!?!  It's harvest season!  And with great harvests come great gratitude!  The Autumn season always prompts me to carve out some time to reflect upon the many blessings and teachings that this year has brought me.  And there have been MANY!!!  
Here's some food for thought... We are living in an exciting time of great change, and gratitude is the secret sauce to thriving in the darkness.  What is it that you are grateful for?  What lessons (which are sometimes disguised as challenges) has this year brought you?  How can you use this dark internal time to nourish yourself?  Expansion and contraction go hand in hand.  Growth requires rest.  So create some space for yourself to reflect and look inward, acknowledge any uncomfortable feelings that may arise from the changes at hand, and LET IT GO!!!  When we can let go of our physical/emotional/mental debris, we can send it back to the Earth to be composted and turned into fertilizer for the next year ahead to grow something bigger, better, and more beautiful!  This process allows us to grow into ourselves more fully.
I personally feel that there are many lessons we can learn from the trees, but this lesson in Autumn is particularly potent!  Ground yourself in gratitude + get down to Earth.