As I sit here writing this post October has arrived, the darkness has fallen on the day, much earlier than usual, my home is algow in candlelight, and it is quiet, so very quiet. I like it. I don't mind the darker evenings, I don't mind the cooler days, I don't mind the rainy days we have had because it all means one thing...I get to cozy up in my home, turn inwards and find solace and peace in the moment. I honestly love this time of year, and as I get older I find I crave the slowing down, the inward movement, the deep reflective pace of this time of year. It's good, so very good.
My little man and I hiked in the woods today, a slow, meandering kind of hike, noticing the leaves changing on the trees, and the ones that had fallen to the ground already, we heard the way the ruffed grouse drummed, and the sound of the woodpecker working away on a tree, we touched bark and smelled the flowers, we became one with the woods, and it made my heart so very happy.
Nature sends out a clear invitation this time of year to slow down, to stop and notice, to soak up each moment. We should be doing that all year long, but I feel the message is stronger this time of year, the pull deeper to really slow down, to sit back with a cup of tea, to just be.
It's what I intend to do. How about you?