Tonight marks the Autumnal
Equinox, the beginning of fall, at 11:09 p.m. EST to be exact. It is a balance of night and day, light and dark. It marks the exact time that the position of our sun at the equator is an equal distance from both the North and South poles, creating a balanced 24 hour day of 12 hours darkness and 12 hours of light. From this point until the Winter Solstice in December, the nights will lengthen and the days grow shorter.
Ancient civilizations celebrated this day long before there was modern science to explain the changing of the seasons. They recognized the mysteries of our world and erected amazing structures like Stonehenge to mark the passing of time and seasons, always with the same theme of balance and wonder.
So Nature is starting its restful time, a time to restore and recuperate. So it is with me. I love the fall season with its changes of leaves and hazy sunlight, bright azure skies and crisp nights, ripe apples, pumpkins and scarecrows, hikes in the woods, the smell of fireplace smoke and burning leaves, the first time I put on a favorite sweater or sweatshirt. But it goes further than that. It is my own personal time of reassessing my life, a drawing in of myself, of contemplating all that comprises my world. To put it another way, to restore my own balance of self.
"Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance how much of ourselves to give away." ~ Barbara DeAngelis
Our lives are all balancing acts. As in nature, we ebb and flow to natural and seasonal rhythms, but we are often spun off course by the rest of the world and all that happens around us and to us and by events we can and cannot control. We can get off kilter so very easily. Sometimes it is difficult to bring our lives back to center in order to focus on ourselves and those around us. We have to take the time, no - that's not right - we have to MAKE the time to listen to that inner voice longing for personal balance.
"Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work some every day." ~ Robert Fulghrum
"The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise (wo)man."~ Euripedes