I love fall. I know, who doesn't? Crisp cool air, clear blue skies, and the smell of wood fires in the air. With major holidays just around the corner you'd think I'd be care-free and full of joy, but there is something at the edge of my mind. Winter. The knowledge that the cool crisp air will turn cold and damp, the blue skies will turn grey, and that it will be dark before I'm even home every day looms in my head.
I wish I could take my feelings about winter and turn them around. Even more so, I wish I could enjoy this moment for what it is. It is autumn. Let tomorrow take care of itself. That is what Zen is all about after all.
I'm not sure why I dread winter so. It usually ends up being my most productive season. Each year, as I'm forced to spend more time indoors, I find myself reading new authors, pondering life's deepest secrets, meditating, and working on self-knowledge. I always emerge stronger following a long hard winter, yet still I resist.
There's a lesson in there somewhere.
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Posted by Dan Garner