Fall

If today is any indication of what is to come, Fall is here in Chicago. Rain is dropping, leaves are falling and there is so much transition around– weddings, babies and people heading back to school. It’s a good time to look at ourselves and determine what, if anything, we would like to change.

Yoga is a wonderful way to observe what we are holding on to. With that knowledge, we can then decide what serves us. Through yoga practice we can begin to understand and then move through old narrative that no longer serves us– things we tell ourselves about who we are, old emotions that linger but no longer serve a functional purpose.

On this rainy fall day, I had the privilege of teaching a private yoga lesson. I learn something new every time I teach and for that I am grateful.

During the Fall season, I like to let go. This fall I will loosen my grip on self doubt and trust more than ever that I am all that I need to be.

Below is a sequence that is meant to be practiced slowly and with reflection.  Move through each posture at your own pace and take note of what comes up for you in each posture– physically and emotionally.

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Fall is beautiful for many reasons.  Galway Kinnell’s 1980 poem, “Blackberry Eating” speaks to both the sweetness and the prickliness of the season…

Blackberry Eating

by Galway Kinnell

“I love to go out in late September
among the fat, overripe, icy, black blackberries
to eat blackberries for breakfast,
the stalks very prickly, a penalty
they earn for knowing the black art
of blackberry-making; and as I stand among them
lifting the stalks to my mouth, the ripest berries
fall almost unbidden to my tongue,
as words sometimes do, certain peculiar words
like strengths and squinched,
many-lettered, on-syllabled lumps,
which I squeeze, squinch open, and splurge well
in the silent, startled, icy, black language
of blackberry-eating in late September.”

Happy Fall, friends!

-acorn

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3 thoughts on “Fall

  1. Peggy

    Thank you. Your writing reminds me to take a look at myself, too. The Jewish high holidays give us the gift of looking back, to ask for forgiveness, and to look ahead at a new year.

    Reply
    1. acorn Post author

      Absolutely! It’s always useful to give pause and reflect. Newness is always upon us but it’s nice to have reminders to both reflect and to look ahead, whether it be the changing of the seasons or an established time of reflection such as the Jewish High Holy days.

      Reply

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