The Long Exhale
Autumn is fully upon us. We've dropped into the inward time of the year. I'll bet you can feel it, just like me.
This transition through fall and into winter can be thought of as a big, long exhale. It's the time of releasing, like the leaves falling from the trees. In fact, it's a good time for cleaning out and giving away - maybe even better than the spring.
Fall beckons us to make room, to empty out. When we arrive in the middle of winter, we sit in our emptiness. Why? Because there has to be space for something new to be born. If you didn't exhale and empty out, you wouldn't have room for the next inhalation.
And I can now take a nice exhale as I have finished my series of articles on the 4 Brahmaviharas - the Attitudes of Relationship. The last one, Upeksha - Even-Mindedness, is below. Here's all four, if you want to catch up on the series:
Maitri (Friendliness), Karuna (Compassion), Mudita (Joyfulness), and Upeksha (Even-Mindedness)
After my exhale of the autumn, in January a new spiritual community, Awakening Heart, comes to Palo Alto on the 2nd Sunday of every month! Learn more below, and look for details next month. Plus, I’ll be writing a monthly column for Sibyl Magazine: For the Spirit and Soul of Woman for all of 2015!
A good mantra to practice for the fall season is "I release and let go." With every exhalation, relax and let go of everything. The next breath will come, trust me. And whatever is meant to be next in your life will enter, if you make space on that exhalation.