Fall Ritual


Snow Melting in a Silver Bowl: A Book of Active Meditations by Nancy Brady Cunningham and Denise Geddes, offers a “focal point for fall contemplation.” Nothing you wouldn’t think of yourself, but maybe this will be an inspiration to do it:

“Create an autumnal altar. Gather miniature pumpkins, gourds, squashes together with sprays of bittersweet, cuttings of ivy, mums, asters, pomegranates, and grapes. Let this display of plenty symbolize the many blessings in your life.

“Light one candle to represent your grateful heart” and set it amidst all of this vegetation. “Center your attention on your breath. Exhale, then wait for the breath to find you. … Be passive. You are not inhaling, rather you are watching for the return of your breath. There is no need to do anything except keep a vigil by continually witnessing the receptive pause between out-breath and in-breath. Each time the breath finds its way in, let it fill your heart with gratitude. When your interval of thanksgiving feels complete, end with a bow to the harvest.”


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