The air is still and warmer than we expected. Yes, autumn is upon us, it has been for some time. And that is October's blessing. This is the time of preparation, of regrouping, of sorting through, of bundling. It brings us closer to the rigor we know is ahead. Oh, we have noticed this, experienced it and it is not new, in this year or any year.
Yet what is new, always or so it seems, is the pace, the slow letting go of warmth. And the blessing, what makes it delicious for us humans is that the surprise of warmth comes to us, we need not go to it. Our October sun reminds us of the deeper power of grays that can capture and transform all the coming whites and blacks. it transforms quietly, with great ease, while the winds of winter practice somewhere off stage.
So from time to time, we remember - sit, just by the sun; sit, ease yourself, take a moment. We remember as if for the first time that there is, even in this season of preparation, nowhere to go and nothing to do. And with this breath and in our scurrying haste, may we remember this connection, even if just for a moment.