Dear Grants Pass Center for Spiritual Living Community:
Hello from Rev. Steven Van Meter, Senior Minister of the Grants Pass Center for Spiritual Living! Happy Fall Ya'll!
As we move into fall, the summer heat begins to cool and the smoke finally clears! We so look forward to cooler and shorter days! It is the time of year when everything begins to slow down. A time of both harvest, transition and transformation. More than any other season, people feel a spiritual connection to fall. September 21st marks the autumn equinox. This is the time of year traditionally seen as a period of change leading to the darkness of winter. On the autumn equinox, day and night are of equal length. This signals the need to balance lightness and darkness within each of us. Too often, we fear the dark and only seek the light. But it is the balance of the light and dark, that makes us who we are. Balance is the key.
To think of the Equinoxes and Solstices in terms of our lives, the year is “born” in the winter solstice, matures at the spring equinox, and reaches the prime of life at the summer solstice. The autumnal equinox marks the descent into our "mature age", and then, finally, the moment of the winter solstice marks simultaneous death/transition and rebirth, starting the cycle over again.
Autumn is a time for letting go and releasing things that have been weighing us down and that no longer serve us. Fall is the right time to practice getting out of our own way and letting Spirit take charge of our lives. We have experienced the budding of life in the spring and the flowering of summer. The leaves drop and the bare branches remind us of the fleeting nature of all things and the eternal cycle of life.
So, take some time to connect to the world around you this fall. Don't let the significance of fall pass you by. It's easy, in our loud, busy and hectic world, to allow that to happen. By reconnecting with the seasons, you'll find yourself renewed and reborn each year, better and better than you were before. So, allow yourself to open to infinite spiritual possibilities this fall as you enjoy the crisp air, and listen to the whispering voice of the falling leaves! And so, it is!
Rev. Steven Van Meter