The heart of autumn

Autumn reminds us of the impermanence of everything. It brings us to a deeper awareness that life is in a continuous state of transition. Whether those are stages of life or circumstances and situations in which we find ourselves, we all go through numerous transitions in our lives.

The fluttering of the leaves to the ground recalls the fact that nature’s cycles are mirrored in our lives: we grow, we evolve, we develop, we change, we age… we die. It reminds us that life is a journey which leads us to our final destination and that we must be grateful for everything we receive in life. In her book “Embracing uncertainty” Susan Jeffers tells us what exactly this means with one great example:

“I was once told that certain spiritual masters in Tibet used to set their teacups upside down before they went to bed each night as a reminder that all life was impermament. And then, when they awoke each morning, they turned their teacups right side up again with the happy thought, ‘I’m still here!’ This simple gesture was a wonderful reminder to celebrate every moment of the day.”