Last weekend we took a drive to Vermont and the foliage was amazing. As New Englanders we are surrounded by the changing seasons and nothing really compares to vibrancy of colors–it’s really breathtaking. So we are conditioned to be used to the changes of seasons. But we experience so much change internally as well. Some are seismic changes, others subtle, but the adjusting to these changes can be hard. We like to hold onto each “new normal” that we arrive in, clinging on to the constancy and comfort it brings. A Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, said “The only constant is change.” But when something takes us out of our comfort zone we fight it. Pema Chodrun so beautifully offers, “Impermance is a principle of harmony. When we don’t struggle against it, we are in harmony with reality.” It’s important look inward to see where we hold on and where we might go with the flow a bit more; to soften and let go of how we think things should be, and just let them be. And it isn’t easy to do, it is a practice. As Pema also wonderfully sums it up, “We can make ourselves miserable or we can make ourselves strong. The amount of effort is the same.” Wishing you a beautiful fall, and a powerful reminder to witness both the external and the internal changes this season, with an extra big dose of acceptance for what you find.

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