In the Native traditions, the season of fall is about letting go and being open to outcome. The heat of the summer has passed (for the most part), trees are losing their leaves, and everything is slowing down and starting to get quieter. As a part of nature ourselves, we, too, are influenced by the energies of the fall, and the more consciously aware we are of what those energies are, the better we can resonate with them and the smoother our life runs during these months.
Trees are our greatest teacher during this time of fall. They bend with the wind without complaint and release their leaves at their most colorful stage to return to the earth, their mother. Trees teach us about letting go. They teach us to trust that all is well, to be open to the millions of outcomes that are possible in any given moment beyond the one or two outcomes we ourselves are stuck on.
Trees teach us about not complaining. When their leaves are the most adorned with color, they release them, a gift to the earth, a gift to us as observers. They don't hold on to them, they don't resist, they just let them fall, knowing that, through this process, new and beautiful green leaves will be birthed when the spring rolls around.
Trees teach us to stand naked in who we are. They release their beautiful cloaks to expose their bare bones. They teach us that there is beauty in nakedness, there is beauty in standing tall in who you are. They open our eyes to what lies beneath what we normally see, and to the power that is present under all outward appearances.
Yes, fall is a time of letting go. It is a time of slowing down, being okay with who we are. It is a time of reflection, getting ready for the approaching winter and its deep quiet. It is a time of being open to possibility, being open to outcome, and trusting life to bring the best to us. It is a time of being naked in who we are, in what our dreams are, what our strengths are, what our desires are. It is a time of exposing our bones, acknowledging that which supports us and holds us up, feeling the strength of who we are. It is a time of gratitude.
Today, on this first full day of fall, I invite you to ponder these things, to consider how you, as a part of Nature Herself, can learn from the goings-on of the season. Whether tailgating at a football game or meditating in the mountains, we are all children of the earth, and we can all learn from whatever is happening around us. Life is good. It is beautiful, and everywhere you look, at every moment, it is rife with possibility and opportunity. The only thing that stands in our way is us. The fall beckons us to let that go.