Find a quiet space to settle in for this guided meditation. Allow yourself to step out of the busyness of life for a while to connect inward.
As the season shifts to autumn, nature offers a reflection on the impermanence of all things. We too are continuously changing – shedding old ways of being to make room for the new.
Use this time now to ground yourself in the present, open to wisdom, and practice non-attachment amidst transition.
May this meditation nourish qualities of tranquility, insight and renewal within you.
Find a comfortable seat and close your eyes. Take a deep breath in, cool autumn air filling your lungs. Exhale slowly, as the leaves release their hold on branches. Another deep inhale, crisp and renewing. Slow exhale, let tension scatter like leaves on the wind. Breathe deeply of autumn’s fragrance - honeycrisp apples, cinnamon and smoldering firewood. Feel the gentle breeze brush your skin with nature’s loving touch. Hear rustling leaves whisper ancient wisdom. As you open to the present, notice the chatter of your mind. Without judgement, let thoughts arise and drift away like leaves on a flowing stream. Turn your focus to your senses. The vibrant tapestry of reds, oranges and yellows dancing before your inner eye. The crunch of leaves underfoot as you walk in rhythm with your breath. Taste autumn’s bounty on your tongue – spices, apples and pumpkin. Smell woodsmoke clinging to the air, bestowing comfort. With each breath, you are unwinding, roots growing deeper, connected to the earth. You are home in your body, home in this moment, home in the natural world. As you settle into the present, see if you can release attachment to the stories and narratives you carry. Observe thoughts like passing clouds, not grasping or rejecting them. Whenever you find yourself lost in thought, gently return focus to the breath - that anchor in the present moment. Inhale the crisp autumn air deep into your core. Exhale any tension or resistance. Watch the thoughts arise, take shape and dissipate, leaving no trace. You remain, consciousness observing, unmoved by the motion of the mind's creations. Imagine you are a strong, solid tree. Thoughts and emotions blow past like leaves in the wind. You remain rooted, anchored in stillness. See each thought as a floating leaf. Give it space to dance on the wind, observing its movement with gentle curiosity. Your deep roots ground you in this moment, while colorful leaves swirl around you. You are stillness amidst motion, unshaken. The chatter of the mind cannot disturb your inner peace when you remain grounded in the present. Patiently abiding in awareness. You are the sky, expansive and open. Your thoughts are just passing birds, crossing your periphery. Let them fly on. Cloud-like thoughts fill the sky, ever-changing. Yet the sky remains unchanged - vast, open, untouched. You are the sky. Whenever emotion arises, see it as a cloud moving through the sky of your mind. Let it drift by without following or resisting. You are the stream, flowing effortlessly onward. Thoughts are leaves floating downstream. Allow them to be carried on the current. As autumn deepens into winter, reflect on the impermanent nature of all things. Seasons come and go, leaves bud and fall, life cycles through periods of vibrancy and dormancy. Even thoughts and emotions are ever-changing. Notice any tendency to cling to what was or withdraw from what is to come. Breathe into the truth that nothing remains the same. All we have is this moment. Rather than grasping or rejecting, can you make space for change? Meet it with openness, allowing life’s transitions to unfold naturally. As the leaves decompose and nourish new growth, consider what you can compost to make way for renewal. Let go of outdated attachments, stories, and beliefs that no longer serve your highest good. Make room for wisdom. Surrender the impulse to control. Trust in life’s cycles. You are held in this changing, temporary world. Stay present as the seasons transform. Here, now, always opening to what is. As autumn dissolves into the dormancy of winter, breathe deeply into this time of stillness. Draw your awareness inward. Sink your roots down into presence, grounding into the now. Resist the urge to grasp onto fleeting thoughts or retreat into stories of past and future. Remain focused on the still point of now. Whenever the mind wanders, gently return your focus to the breath, and sensations in your body. Feel your roots anchoring you. See that when you abide in the present, you have all you need. You are whole. Here, you can access inner wisdom, comfort and guidance, if you remain open. Within the quiet depths, insights arise. Truths once obscured come to light. Stay connected to your inner compass. Let it guide you through the fallow seasons. Abide in the stillness and solace of now, trusting this moment exactly as it is. As you surrender to the stillness of presence, see if you can open yourself to receive. Set aside judgement and beliefs. Make space for intuition and insight to blossom. Here in the quiet, if you listen, you may hear wisdom whispering. Are you willing to hear? Be receptive to what the seasons have to teach you. There are gifts hidden in decay and dormancy. Sinking into your inner world, allow insights to surface. Merge with your own deep knowing. Within you lives the wisdom that brought all things into being. When still, you can access this wisdom. In silence, veils lift. Truths take shape. What you need to know arises from within. Stay receptive, tranquil as a forest reflected on a pond. Absorb each moment of awareness. Let wisdom work through you, like sap flowing from roots to crown. Offer yourself as a vessel. As our time together comes to a close, take a few more moments to settle into calm, receptive presence. Continue breathing slowly and deeply. With each inhalation, receive the gifts of this moment. With each exhalation, release and relax. Feel gratitude for the wisdom uncovered and insights gained. Hold onto nothing. When you feel ready, allow your eyes to gently open, while preserving this sense of tranquil presence. Reflect on impermanence as you observe the changing world around you. Remain rooted in the stillness beneath it all. Carry with you the truth that this present moment contains all that you need. Return here whenever you feel lost or afraid. You are held in the compassionate embrace of life. May you move through the changes to come with courage, grace and renewal. As we conclude this meditation, remember that inner stillness and wisdom are always accessible by returning to your breath and sinking into the present moment. When faced with the winds of change in your life, anchor yourself in mindfulness, impermanence, and non-attachment. Allow the seasons of your life to unfold as they must. May you emerge renewed, with clarity about what you need to let go of and what wants to emerge. Meet all of life's transitions with courage, grace and an open heart. Whenever you need stability during changing times, return to this quiet inner sanctuary you've touched today. It remains within you always.
Leaves of Amber, Gold and Ruby
Wisps of wind caress the trees, Whispering of transformed scenes, As summer’s green now fades away, Giving rise to colors bold and gay. Leaves of amber, gold and ruby, Spin and twirl in nature’s dance, Releasing their hold on outstretched arms, Softly falling with selfless charm. Crunching ‘neath footsteps crisp and light, Cast about in joyful flight, The woodland floor’s tapestry weaves, A story told by autumn’s leaves. Of life, demise and letting go, The fragile beauty of the show, Reminds to appreciate this stage, Before time turns the yearly page. So stroll quiet woods before it’s gone, Listen to the nostalgic song, Of leaves that spiral from up high, And fall softly with a sigh. Their fading hues and descent slow, Harbingers of winter’s snow, Serving as a vital clue, To savor this moment before it’s through. For all too soon the leaves will rest, A faded memory on forest floor nestled. So be present before beauty leaves, Appreciating autumn’s masterpiece.
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