September 22nd marked this year's equinox, the moment the sun crossed the celestial equator. For one instant, earth's rotational axis was tilted neither toward nor away from the sun, finding momentary equanimity. This moment signifies many things: a change in the seasons, the beginning of fall, nights growing longer and days losing light. In the constant spinning of our crowded lives, the equinox reminds us of the importance of finding moments to balance our own axes.
As humans, though, our lives go on. We easily lose ourselves in our minds, in the stories we tell ourselves, our overwhelming schedules, our fears of the future. For most, the equinox passes without celebration. The day holds no more importance than any other day of the week, while for nature, the day marks a time of great transition.
While nature gradually aligns itself with the shifting light of seasons, humans often struggle. We crave consistency, and with the change in seasons, we too must face change in our own lives. Some dread the cooler weather; others welcome it. Few humans approach the change of seasons with the acceptance and equanimity that nature beautifully demonstrates: the trees shed their leaves in glorious golden hues; animals build cozy retreats for the cold months ahead; bulbs burrow under the earth to patiently await the spring.
The trees always remind me that fall is a time to shed what I do not need for the season ahead and to rest instead of reaching forever outward. I strive to find the beauty and grace trees model in their transitions. Despite the challenges change present, as nature shows us each season, change is the simplest and most profound impetus for true transformation.