The Forces of Light and Dark Are at a Standstill

That's my dramatic way of announcing the Autumnal Equinox!

Sep 23, 2011 at 6:00pm | Leave a comment

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Today is the autumnal equinox, one of two days a year when we experience equal amounts of day and night, or light and dark. If summer was all about expansion and flowering, preparing for winter is all about shedding and coming back inside.

I went to a yoga class last night to celebrate the last official night of summer, and to meditate on what I might like to let go of for autumn. I pictured shedding the responsibility I take on for everything that seems to go on around me, whether or not it has anything at all to do with me.

When there's traffic, say, and I'm around someone who is in a hurry, for some reason I think it's my fault. If a friend is upset, for example, I somehow internalize it and make that issue either mine or about me. On the surface it is slightly empathetic to want to help or take that on, though in a much, much larger way, it's really egotistical.

The earth does not revolve around me. That is the sun's job. And we're tilting a bit further from its rays for the next few months. What can you let go of? How do you spiritually hunker down as it gets darker?