How Vata Season Serves Us by Lauren Hanna

As I write this blog post, it is Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of atonement and self-reflection. My Jewish friends are now deep in thought and self-reflection. It is also the day after the conclusion of the Navaratri cycle, the Hindu Festival that
honors the Goddess and her role in supporting our transformation and evolution. Fall is that sacred time of year when thanks to Vata, the elements of air and
space, come together to shift energy and shake things up a bit. This is the
beauty of Vata, based on its qualities, it encourages movement and change, self-
reflection and atonement seems just so right at this time. In the Pagan festivals
of the Fall Equinox, similar rituals are practiced to honor renewal and re-direction.

Welcome to the official start of Vata season. Finally we are beginning to witness
the arrival of cooler nights and dryer days. For many of us we are also starting
to experience the whirling of actions, thoughts and emotions, as Vata is awakened within us. Yesterday on my way to catch the Jitney to NYC, in my
rushing and thinking of too many things at once, I consciously left my phone on the tailgate of my car. I thoughtfully reminded myself not to drive away until I retrieved it. But, when my husband walked out to see me off, I got distracted.
Despite my daily routine of vata pacifying practices, it got the best of me. I drove
away forgetting my phone, it flew off the car and by the time I found it, it had
been completely destroyed. This is a typical example of how Vata stirs things up
and creates challenges during this time of year. Requiring us to anchor more
deeply in order to calm the body, mind, spirit and settle inward as we move
towards the darkness of winter. But… Vata does not only have a negative effect
on the realm of prakriti (nature), our body, thoughts and emotions. It also can stir
things up in a good way.
So I ask you to take a few moments after reading this post and to reflect on how you’ve done this year. Are there any regrets? Can you release them? Was there any great progress? Can you honor it? Was this a year of stagnation? Can you re-direct and move forward? What needs to be done for you to shift into the fall season with acceptance, hope and vitality? Make a plan! And let me know how
it turns out.

Here is a wonderful quote a friend of mine shared from the Kol Nidre service on
the eve of Yom Kippur. I hope you can embrace the vata pacifying wisdom of
these words!

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

by Wendell Berry

With Grounding Evolutionary Love to you all,

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