The only constant is change



Autumn is just a week away, and I am beginning to feel the shift towards the Autumn Equinox, which lands on September 22, 2021. Ancient cultures recognized the wisdom that comes from the earth’s cycles and celebrated the changing of the seasons when the equinoxes or solstices occurred. The Latin word equinox refers to when daylight and night are roughly equal in duration, literally meaning equal night. And solstices when the day or night is the longest of the year.

Many cultures attributed powerful meanings to the seasonal cycles and their transitional pivot points.

Within Chinese tradition, the immense number of leaves represent all of the beings in the universe, collectively alluding to the people. Within Pagan rituals, they expressed gratitude for the bountiful harvest and acknowledged sharing abundance in the coming winter months. Finally, Buddhists traditionally believed equinoxes as days when the border between the worlds of the living and the dead is at its thinnest, making the equinoxes important days to honor ancestors and remember those passed.

These symbolic connections are potent reminders that Mother Earth has a powerful influence on our lives. Tuning our awareness onto the cycles of nature comes with it an understanding of our own cycles. It is here we consciously deepen our recognition of our place within the energy of our planet.

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons, bringing the cooling of the weather, the harvest of the summer work, and the preparation of the winter hibernation. It is a time to embrace the passages between the long summer nights to the shortening of days.

It is a time of purposeful activity.

Finding Balance:  The shift between shorter days and longer nights can leave us feeling off-kilter. Eating cooked seasonal foods will aid our bodies in adjusting to the change in weather and comfort our emotions. Go outside even on cloudy or rainy days. The daylight helps to align our circadian rhythms, supporting us in the transition. 

Embrace Change:  The falling of leaves symbolizes a shift. It is shedding the old – of what is spent and no longer needed, making room for the new growth of spring. As with the trees, it is a time for us to release those ideas and beliefs that have kept us rooted in past ways. For change to happen, we must make room. Letting go is not about having less; it allows us to have more. Slowing down and becoming less active provides space for grander visions to emerge. 

Preservation and Protection: Watching the ways and habits of animals guide us to natures’ ways. During this time, animals prepare for the winter by storing food and making their nests, burrows, and dens. It is a time for us to wrap up in warmer clothing, eat hearty foods while preparing our bodies for the winter months of more profound quiet.

Purposeful Activities:  While canning and preserving our food or chopping our stash of winter firewood to prepare for the winter is not within the scope of many modern lives; other purposeful activities can include; reading the books we have put off all year, becoming active in a sport, now that the weather has cooled down or enroll in an online course on a subject we always yearned to learn. It is also about completion. Finish your projects before the calendar clicks to the following year.

Reflection and Creation: This is a time to practice gratitude. What learnings have you harvested over the year? Acknowledge your abundance and how you can share it. Write down all that you are thankful for and where you have been and can be more generous. What you write will create the reality in which you live.

Autumn is the ultimate let go. As the planet shifts, so do we. Progressing towards the end of the year is time to release all that is no longer needed. The stresses we have no control over and the egos that tell us we do—patterns of behaviors that no longer bring us health, comfort, or joy.  Be kind to yourself and others, discarding any judgment while we maneuver through this seasonal change.

Mother Earth will guide us through the transitions if we are quiet enough to hear her speak and have trust that we can understand her teachings. 

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

~ Lauren DeStefano


  • Charisse Glenn

    Casting Director, Equestrian and Creator of The Let Go

    Charisse Glenn, Casting Director, Equestrian, and Creator of The Let Go She is 63 pushing upwards, gray, aging gracefully and has lots to say.  She is half Japanese and has the wisdom of that culture she was born into. US-born she has been a casting director for commercials in Los Angeles for 35 years and is an equestrian having competed in 100-mile horse races around the world. The blog she writes called The Let Go serves as a reminder to let go of all that no longer works in our lives, opening a pathway to happiness, love, and balance. Proudly she embraces the freedoms age provides serving as a role model to both men and women. She is a badass with a beautiful soft touch. You can find her on either of her websites or follow her on social media. Follower her on Clubbhose: Let That Shit Go!