Updated: Sep 21, 2020
Few would disagree, there is something quite awe-inspiring about autumn.
So much so, in fact, that its multicoloured beauty - and all its connotations of ‘change’ - are widely rhapsodised at this time of year.
Quite why everything from the turning of the leaves, to the condensation on the windows, manages to get us thinking just that little bit deeper, is a question with an equally deep response!
According to Jason Brunt, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at Biola University in California, ‘our brains interpret this dramatic change as a signal.’ Brunt likens the experience to listening to a steady hum of background noise, and then suddenly hearing a loud noise!
Because the stimulus (the fiery reds, oranges and browns) is new and different, it’s often interpreted as meaningful!
This poignancy is something which has been magnified this year, with the theme of ‘change’ having transcended nature, into reality like never before.
Autumn appreciation, this year, is therefore as much about accepting the inevitable shift in the seasons, as it is the uncontrollable change in our circumstances and environment.
With this universal law of impermanence in mind, now might be the time to take a leaf out of nature’s book and, quite simply... ‘let it go’!
The leaves, that is, AND the foliage of 2020 so far!
Within this narrative of acceptance, gratitude and what-will-be-will-be...there’s at least some promise (#everythingcrossed), that the next chapter of 2020 might put paid to the last! #onwardsandhopefullyupwards #hereshoping