Autumn- a bittersweet time of change
Fall can bring a sense of melancholy. The long warm days of summer are over, and it may feel like winter is just around the corner. On the other hand, autumn can hold spectacular days of sunshine, stunning colors, and crisp, fresh air. The best hiking near my home, high in the North Cascades, is in the fall when the snow has finally melted from the meadows, and the blueberry’s leaves have turned a vivid red.
If you can get out to a spectacular scene like a mountain panorama high in the Cascades, then by all means, hike to a high spot, find a comfortable log, and sit down to meditate. If that just doesn’t seem convenient, you can still enjoy some of that beauty, and the blissful peace that accompanies it, by using this visualization meditation. This works fine in other seasons too, and you don’t have to travel farther than the comfortable chair in your living room.
Autumn Visualization Meditation
Naturally the best autumn meditation would be one while you’re looking out over a beautiful scene. If you’re in such a place, try this meditation for connecting with nature. If you’re at home, and just wish you were out in nature, please continue reading.
I recommend finding a comfortable chair, but sit on the floor if you like. Close your eyes, and take a few deep clearing breaths, letting go of stress with each exhale. When you feel ready, visualize that you are in your comfortable chair, facing a scene with stunning fall colors. You might choose the reflection of colors in a lake, rolling alpine meadows covered with reds and golds, or a cascading creek.
Whatever scene you decide on, visualize it as clearly as you can. Imagine how fresh the air smells. Hear the breeze rustling the leaves. Feel the sun shining on your face. The colors are so intense that you can almost feel them. Enjoy these sensations for as long as feels comfortable. When you’re finished, take a few more clearing breaths and go about your day.