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Showing posts with label Autumn leaves. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Autumn leaves. Show all posts

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Catharsis of Fall

North Carolina Fall 2012

I don't know what wakes me up this time of year.  Maybe the trip to North Carolina and being jump started by the vivid colors of fall leaves.  Perhaps the October winds bring an exciting edge to living--that blast of cool air amid swirling leaves.  At any rate, I am definitely perked up and alive; my antennas  are up and responsive!

Color has long affected my moods.  Just as cool blues and earthy greens calm one's senses, vivid color awakens us.  I have used color to start the creative process;  although, I am better at distracting myself than finding that "sweet spot" when creation starts.

At any rate, there is something about a change of season that brings new beginnings and expectations.  I believe that this is a normal phenomenon that we tend to overlook with the busyness of day to day life.

Let us start this day with reviewing our many blessings and kindnesses that we have received this year.  I know my list is long, starting as always with loved ones, family, and friends--there is nothing more precious to us.

So, embrace this and the coming Winter season.  Look forward to loving each day that comes, and loving yourself.  Remember, if you don't put yourself first, no one will!

Please enjoy this poem from my latest effort, Embracing Your Inner Cheerleader, which  speaks to women regarding their inner awakenings!



 Eau de Women

Trying to make things happen with sheer will
Is a little like trying to jump-start an engine with a feather
Never-the-less, I am trying just that

Progress is slow; however there is progress
Even if that “change” is internal
And is recognized by myself and no-one else

Perhaps this is the secret revealed
Discovering a difference, an awakening within
A seed unfolding that I, myself, planted

From this seed, a flower grows
It is delicate, yet strong; gentle, yet bold
I feel this flower unfurling within me
Filling the body cavity with beauty, and purpose
I breathe deeply and inhale its heady perfume

Women-- find your heart’s seed and nurture it
Keep it safe until you are ready to blossom
Feed it hope, cradle it with love,
And let the light of your heart’s desire awaken it
Let your joy happen

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Autumn's Last Stand

The leaves were slow to turn this season. They looked pretty and promising when we arrived mid-October. But, they were teasing us; nah, nah , nah , nah, na! They tried to hold out; the temperature dropped--so did they, and the rain stripped them of their false coats.
Behold! The peak was upon us. We left a day later than planned; we did come here to enjoy them!
Grasp that last branch of autumn that reaches out to you. Breathe in that crisp air--deeply! Enjoy!

Today I witnessed from

Car window and porch chair

Leaves turning slowing on branched spits

Not quite ready, starting to crisp

Greens warming to yellow and gold embers

Orange popping out like glowing coals

The scarlet of Sourwood bursting into full flame--

Trying to show them all up

Together they compliment one another

A gourmet blend

A visionary feast for the soul

Joan Ellen Gage