Autumn brings abundance. Fullness. Fruition. The clarity of light in autumn is quite special.
Everything seems to be in high-resolution.
And, coincidentally, as the light renders more definition, it also recedes, day by day. We are prompted, by the diminishing light, and the increasing cold, to go inside to a cozy corner of the house.
We can also take this time to look inward, at ourselves.
Just as we decide what not to bring into the root cellar – that imperfect apple, or a stunted carrot - we may also want to toss or discount aspects of ourselves. But, they, too, are part of our harvest, and their bounty can be rich indeed.
What if we allowed ourselves to ask…
- What is it that gives me discomfort?
- What causes this unease?
- What am I loath to look at, to acknowledge, or consider?
When we find the answer, simply hold it in our hands, as if it were a spotted apple. And, just look.
Not to fix, or to judge, or to shame, or to wish it were any different. But, just to look.
Here are two practical ways to do this:
1. The first method is a guided meditation, called the Body Scan:
2. The second method is to use two phrases: "I notice" and "I wonder"
- When a feeling or thought arises that creates discomfort, simply say "I notice (and fill in the blank)...For example, "I notice that I am really unhappy with my work right now." This is a simple, non-judgmental way to pay attention to what's happening.
- Follow this with an "I wonder.." statement. For example, "I wonder what's going on to create this unhappiness?"
“Don’t let a day go by without asking who you are…each time you let a new ingredient to enter your awareness.”
― Deepak Chopra The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life