Autumn Spiritual Practice

By Ashley Whitham

Recently we experienced the Autumn Equinox. Because the earth is tilted on its axis compared to its rotation of the sun, the Autumn Equinox is one of only two days of the year when the earth is not tilted, but facing straight to the sun. On that day, the sun shines directly on the equator, and the northern and southern hemisphere equally experience the sun.

But after that day of facing the sun equally, we continue our seasonal shift. In the northern hemisphere, we are currently tilting further away from the sun, our source of light. Our days get shorter, nights longer. The temperatures will start cooling. But we know that again we will shift, and again we will return to face the sun in Springtime.

Do you notice patterns in your spiritual journey where you turn to face God in the Spring, and then pull away from God in Autumn?

Are there times when you feel balanced, when you are having an Equinox day, and your relationship with God is ‘just right’?

Entering an Autumn experience isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It could be that the Springtime spent with God uses a lot of energy, and the Autumn is a time of rest. Or the Springtime is about outward mission, and the Autumn is a time of inward contemplation.

How could you use this Autumn time to prepare for later, when we once again tilt toward God in Spring?

God, we thank you for times of abundance and times of rest, of the movement and cycles of life. Amen.