Accepting Autumn

I remember, years ago, loving the colors of the autumn. New York has a true fall, all inclusive, with its wide, rich palette. A decade later my perspective had changed. Those orange, red and brown shades came to symbolize the approaching winter; encompassing snow, ice, shoveling, freezing one’s butt, trees bare of leaves, frozen lakes and the likes. Some people like winter. I wouldn’t mind it so long as it was a visitor for just a few weeks. But when it overstays its welcome by several months — well.
And thus for the past few years, as the greens start to yellow, my heart begins to sink. I no longer see the beauty but, fast-forward, my mind’s eye envisions white, grey and muddy black.

Meditating earlier today, I opened my eyes and looked at the trees. Breathing deeply, being in the moment, the beauty came back, and with it, the understanding that in recent years I have fallen into a trap; a snare made of worry about tomorrow. I hardly ever concern myself with things to come; at least not anymore. Life had taught me valuable lessons about worrying for nothing; about spending precious time and energy conceiving dramas that will never take place. The trick, I realized, is to… breathe. It is an old comprehension that I sometimes forget. Breath, as most meditators (and some medical students) know, can only happen in the now. And thus I smell the scents of autumn, enjoy its sights. Who knows? I may not be here to enjoy it again next year.

Learned from: meditating to the colors of the fall.

Autumn, Round Lake, Monroe, NY

Autumn, Round Lake, Monroe, NY

About Ronen

Ronen Divon had been walking spiritual and holistic paths for well over thirty years. Born in Israel, educated in New York, and currently residing in North Carolina, Ronen had traveled the world, spending time with teachers, masters, healers and guides. With wisdom that spans multiple traditions, including the Far East, India, Israel, Brazil, Peru, and Native America, Ronen remains a student, learning and adding modalities that will best serve his clients, each according to their own unique needs. Ronen is also a published author, a Yoga, Meditation, and Tai Chi instructor.
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