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Feeling the fall? Here’s a Pocket Poem by Rilke for you

Autumn is a time of falling, and often the literal descent of the leaves and the sun, flowers and plants accompanies our own descent – into a feeling of sadness, loneliness, aloneness. This makes sense – if nature is descending, so will we – we are after all a part of nature. Yet, it’s a hard feeling to trust…to trust among other things that there is beauty, wisdom and relief in the falling, in the long exhale. Connecting this feeling with purpose,  with a quiet, calm, wise part of you that you carry with you at all times, helps you trust the descent. The breath can also help you get there. Here’s a Pocket Poem by German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Robert Bly that I have often returned to seasonally over the past decade or two – it’s a good one. I especially love the imagery of each leaf falling as if it were motioning, “no”. Autumn By Rainer Maria Rilke (Translated by Robert Bly) The leaves are falling, falling as if from far up, as if orchards were dying high in space. Each leaf falls as if it were motioning “no.” And tonight the heavy earth is falling away from all other stars in the loneliness. We’re all falling. This hand here is falling. And look at the other one. It’s in them all. And yet there is Someone, whose hands infinitely calm, holding up all this falling.

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This is the week for gathering your harvest

The Autumn season started on September 23rd, the night of the Harvest Moon. Farmers and gardeners throughout the northern hemisphere are very busy harvesting and preserving what they planted from seed and grew all summer long. The oaks around the house are dropping their acorns and the squirrels are very busy gathering and storing them. The natural world and the human world most connected to the natural world is all oriented in one direction – harvest. Use this massive energy in the air to your advantage. The power of purpose is leveraged when you connect what you do with something larger than yourself. It goes both ways – you can devote what you’re doing to help the larger good. Or you can plug into an energy source larger than yourself. This is all about plugging into something big. Throughout your day and the rest of the week contemplate all that you’ve been growing in your life for the past few months. What major projects have you been working on? What life changes have been important to you? Think of all the small (and large) ways you and the things you care about have grown this past season. You can harvest all that you’ve grown in two ways. First, pause and savor all that you’ve grown. Savoring activates play, your delight in this moment and  increases happiness. Take some deep breathes, focusing on the inhale, letting the richness of all those experiences really enter. Spread your arms wide, as if you’re letting it all in. Say ‘yes’ to everything that you’ve experienced, even the experiences that were challenging. Next, look at what out of the wide range of experiences would you like to focus more deeply on. Take the broad range and narrow it down. Down is the direction of this season – leaves, fruit, even the animals are all heading down. Ground your harvest. Look at ways you can use what you’ve worked on in different ways. My writing shows up in my newsletter, in this blog, on Twitter and as further resources for participants from Quixote Consulting’s team building and training programs. It gets recycled, just like the leaves that are already starting to fall. What can you recycle in your own way? What out of your abundant harvest from these past months would you like to explore more deeply this season? Harvest well.

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