There I was, sipping on some hot peppermint tea to offset the cold, drippy day in Texas we all were experiencing, that is quite beautiful in many ways. What follows are some of my thoughts.
In my mind, there is a still, calm that comes with the darkening of days that makes me feel nestled in nature more than any other time of the year. I heard someone state on a classical radio station I listen to, that this weather is beautiful to her because we can really see the sheen and color of the newly turned leaves due to the grey sky. As soon as I heard this, I grinned. There is something special about being able to see creation or the potential for something wonderful amongst what could easily be considered drab, useless and ugly.
My next thought was of a new friendship, but more importantly a comment made by my new friend. She said–and I paraphrase–‘This is just another season of your life, Rachel, and you have to allow the season to come full circle, naturally. Like any season, it too will pass.” I have not been able to forget this simple thought ever since she made it. What a brilliant way to think of the transgressions in our life, be it big life choices, hardships or good fortune. She has helped to change my perspective on the idea of infinity and how it can become debilitating and growth stunting, but a better way to look at things is in passes. Falling leaves that must make their way down on their own at the right time, during the right season.
What is more, the word harvest sprung to my mind. Harvest has many meanings, however a couple stand out in my mind. There is the idea of collecting of crops ripe enough to eat, this act being called harvest, and then the result of some action we take in our life. As in, after writing on this site all year, I have an ample harvest of posts. Why do I mention this? When I think of the harvest of my life in 2013 I am able to come to realizations about what outcome or take-away I have for this year. As it is Autumn, a time of rest and hibernation beginnings, my mind tends to drift into a still state, which allows me the fortunate ability to focus.
Our biggest life accomplishment–bigger than winning prizes, opening up businesses of our dreams, writing the next great novel or non-fiction piece, formal education of all kinds–is our body. Our life has seasons, as does nature, and we have the gift of being conscious of these seasons and their beauty, but also the curse of being able to ignore such beauty. Most of us spend our life hoping our life doesn’t result in a doggerel, and we forget that our body is the pith of our life.
I often forget that within these seasons, whether good or bad, I have the gift of my body and how I choose to use it, how I choose to nourish it, and I am in charge of this harvest more than all others.
What we eat, how we choose to go about getting the food we eat, the reasons and thought behind every bite we take, the community we share when enjoying our meals or the solitude we embrace in packaged food, all tattoos itself into our harvest.
SO, how can we all produce a better harvest from our body, our life? I have a few thoughts, check it out!
Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit. -Henry David Thoreau
This list is not exhaustive, but certainly a start. I know that it is easy to lose perspective on life–our body–with the myriad of things we have going on, but the goal is to help alter our mind so that we can start considering our body more, first. These seasons, they are all influenced by how we perceive, how we feel and how our feelings either hinder or facilitate both good and bad for us. If we’re to give thanks for anything, make it for the harvest of our life and all that nourishes the environment and our bodies. I hope this list is helpful, and as you snuggle into your fall and winter weather, I would love to hear from you about actions we could all take to bring more meaning to what we’re eating and create a better harvest of our life. Let me know your thoughts below or send me an email. I can’t wait to hear from you, and remember…bite responsibly!