Honoring Autumn

As I walk my dog down a woodsy path
this Autumn afternoon
Gentle rains fall, washing away all my worries and concerns…
If only for these few moments…
I smile as my companion trots happily along the path.
Nature speaks to us through the whispering winds,
The pitter-patter of the raindrops,
The vibrant colored leaves falling from the trees
And swirling around us.
We are at peace, and all is right with the world
If only for these few moments…
But I could not ask for a more perfect few moments in time.

~ Crystal Dolphin, 11/3/07

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Photo by: davebrosha

As Samhain began the dark time of the year, when the Sun God has died and will rest until His rebirth at Yule. I honored this at Samhain with the following prayer, written by Dorothy Morrison:

“Farewell Dear Sun, Who warms the Earth
Who, with Your Light, brings joy and mirth
Close Your eyes now – go to sleep
Rest peacefully in Darkness, deep
Until the Yuletide fest begins
And You are born to us again.”

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Photo by: 1Sock

Autumn Quotes

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”

~Emily Bronte

“I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time.”

~ Robert Browning

“There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!”

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

“A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made. The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are crisp as autumn air.”

~ Eric Sloane

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Photo by: In Situ

At this dark time of year, the Earth prepares for her Winter’s slumber, as do we. It is a good time for turning ourselves toward the mystery and creativity of the dark, for “Dreaming the Dark”, for meditation, and thus is a time for personal and spiritual growth. Without the Winter, Spring would not be as pleasant…and without the dark, we would not appreciate the light.

Meditation Quotes

“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.”

~ Buddha

“Calm the winds of your thoughts, and there will be no waves on the ocean of your mind.”

“Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be its master and not its slave.”

“Plant the seed of meditation and reap the fruit of peace of mind.”

“The body needs material food every day. The soul needs spiritual food.”

~ Remez Sasson

“Meditation is the tongue of our soul and the language of our spirit.”

~ Jeremy Taylor

“They say that these are not the best of times
But they’re the only times I’ve ever known
And I believe there is a time for meditation
In cathedrals of our own.”

~ Billy Joel

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Photo by: Kevin Labianco

Autumn Blessings,

~ Crystal

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