Autumn Equinox Contemplation Questions
1. What have I achieved this year?
What has been my personal harvest?
What has grown into full expression and brought me joy?
Begin each sentence with “I celebrate…”
2. Which seeds have grown, and which have not?
Why have I been successful in some areas and not in others?
What seeds of insight will I collect to re-plant successfully in the next season?
3. Where am I holding back or giving in to doubt?
Which fears are stalling me?
“I am afraid of…”
4. Where am I creating struggle or holding on?
How can I conserve energy by releasing any unnecessary effort?
5. Am I housing any latent anger towards myself or others?
How can I liberate myself from it?
6. Do I feel ashamed or embarrassed by any behaviors or decisions I have made?
How can I lay them to rest?
7. Do I feel guilty for any of my thoughts, words, or actions?
How can I make a conscious change?
8. If my body were to speak, what would it say to me?
Meditation PracticeAs the trees let go of their leaves, what do you wish to let go of? What seeds do you want to cultivate over the winter, ready to grow and blossom next spring?
Select one of the Autumn Equinox Contemplation Questions for this meditation, and choose one of the below based on the time you have available.
Less than 5 minutes:
Simply pose a question to yourself and trust your subconscious to come up with an answer. In savasana, or just before bed, are good times to do this.
5 – 20 Minutes:
Sit quietly and reflect on your chosen question. Set a timer and keep gently bringing your attention back to your breath and your meditation question.
As thoughts arise, imagine placing each one on a leaf and watch it flow by on a stream. Observe any thoughts that come into your mind, one after another, and then let them go.
Meditate on a question as you walk. You can do this indoors or outside. Keep your focus on the act of walking, your breathing, and on your meditation question.
Set your timer for anywhere between 5 and 20 minutes, and keep your pen glued to the paper, writing continuously for that time.
If your mind wanders, gently bring it back to the meditation question. Don’t worry if a lot of what you write doesn’t seem to make any sense, this stream of consciousness writing can allow gems of truth to surface.
Cred: The Roaming Yogi