"Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop." - Rumi
The change in season is nature's way of having us stop and pay attention. We stop to admire new blooms in the spring, and we stop to wonder at colorful leaves in the fall. It may be hot today, but have you noticed the mornings are cooling off? We start to become aware of what's going on around us and also within us.
Many yogic and Ayurvedic traditions suggest we are aligned to nature and her cycles. So in the fall (my favorite time of the year!), we start to let go of the extra stuff, we start to slow down, and we start to ground down. As Rumi says, we let the dead leaves drop. Fall is nature's way of having us be more mindful of what we're carrying so that we might be able to let go of what we don't need.
In my classes this month, we'll burn off the energy of the summer and embrace the transition to fall. I hope you'll join me!