Autumn is my most favorite time of year. The colorful array of golds, browns, oranges, reds, and yellows are beyond beautiful! While each season has it's unique beauty that offers a new "perspective," Fall seems to warm my heart the most. Living in the farmland of Indiana adds to the richness of the season by offering people the opportunity to witness the planting, growing and harvesting of the various crops. What a gift to observe such a life-giving evolution in a short six months. Imagine, if you will, how it must feel to have a profession that feeds so many bellies, as well as contributes to the production of goods and services made from the various grains. With a deep respect and admiration for the hard work and devotion required by those who farm the land, I recommend the readers take a drive through the farmlands and observe the harvest in the next few weeks.
While you are driving out of the cities be a "Sunday driver" and really observe the homes decorated for the Fall season, check out the ones with "Spooky" themes and take in the wonder of the magnificent trees in full color! Truly, it's something your family can do that will offer a breath of fresh air, and a renewed appreciation for this beautiful state. Yes, gas prices are high; and yet, the cost pales to the connection offered to you and your families hearts. So, roll down the windows, smell the scent of Fall, and listen to the leaves as they begin their annual release to Earth Mother. They are not only beautiful, they serve a purpose. They blanket Earth Mother and offer her inhabitants a place to nestle during the winter ahead. Then with Spring, they will serve as mulch to enrich the soil and ensure a bounty of color as plants begin to emerge.
If you really want to make a connection with nature, hike a trail at one of the local parks. It has been said no two snowflakes look alike; I challenge you to find two leaves that look exactly the same. Such a heartwarming opportunity for the family to really see, feel and smell nature at its best. I promise nature will be as pleased to see you as you will be to experience the peacefulness and connection that a walk through nature can provide. Somehow it brings out the inner child that remembers the joy of jumping in a pile of colorful leaves! Better get out there soon, the Leaves are Falling!
The Wisdom circle scheduled for Thursday, Oct 20 has been cancelled. Instead, how about you sit in your sacred space at home and consider a few things. First, consider what the word wisdom means to you. A simple definition by Webster states wisdom as: "applied learning based on sensible judgment." Another reference may use different words, what we are asking is for you to consider what your understanding of wisdom means. As the English language goes, words often have many different interpretations based on an individual's understanding; what and how they were taught, and, what they witnessed and experienced first hand.
What we offer through this Monthly circle is an opportunity to grow and expand our understanding based on what is shared. Not only from another individual's personal perception, but through the recanting of our own personal stories. As storytelling often offers, we learn from those memories that have been squirreled away. It is in the retelling of our experience we have the opportunity to see the connection, the deeper meaning once we are separate from the event. That said, chances are there will be others with similar stories that had a completely different "take away!"
Most recently we held a Sweat Lodge, followed by a Dreaming and Visioning ceremony. Can you imagine the depth of wisdom that grew for those who participated? We can hear stories and read about such adventures, however, it is when we experience life first hand, that we truly grow in wisdom. Of course, life provides us ample opportunity to gain knowledge, if we will pay attention and truly examine what we have learned.
Tomorrow evening, grab a pen, some paper, and list as many experiences as you can recall that stand out in your memory bank. My hunch is many of you are richly abundant with opportunities that, if you will take the time to consider, have actually offered your a plethora of experiences from which to grow in wisdom. Then next month, on Thursday, November 17, 6:30-8 p.m. share some of those wisdoms with other like-minded people and watch your life expand!
Vicky Kelm Williams
I find people absolutely fascinating!