Fall’s energy invites us to let go of the old to make room for the new. And so, during fall, I set my intention to release my ties to Harmony Farm. I had been gradually separating myself, but the commitment to move on required that I sever the ties more completely.
The land let me know that it was ready. One day, while taking my meditative walk, I stopped in surprise for a huge branch blocked my path. I had intended to go up the hill to a ceremonial place – the area where I frequently offered prayers. Knowing that the branch hadn’t been there the day before, I stood for a while and tuned into its message.
The land blocked my path – clearly telling me to stop my daily ritual of walking up the hill. I asked for permission to go there this one last time, to say “farewell.” Sensing that this might be alright, I bent down to see if I could push the branch out of my way. The branch yielded to my touch, I pushed it aside and slowly trod up the hill.
Arriving at the top, I offered a prayer of deep gratitude. Thanking the land for the ways it nurtured us over many years, imparting its teachings and helping us to grow. As I walked down the hill, I felt Harmony Farm release me from its grasp.
Winter’s energy invites us to retreat within, to dig down deep, to rest, to renew and to dream. So, during winter, I swam in the dark and dreamed big dreams. I dreamt of the family who would answer Harmony Farm’s call.
During winter, Bill and I gradually moved into our apartment at Fox Hill Village. This meant going back and forth between our new home and our old. While I had intended to continue walking along Harmony Farm’s trails, the woods outside my new home beckoned and I began exploring their terrain. I discovered an abandoned trail, put pruning shears to use and began creating a hiking path. My heart expanded to embrace Fox Hill’s land. And as I walked along the trail, I sensed new dreams bubbling beneath frozen earth.
Seeds germinate during spring – the time of rebirth, reawakening. During spring, seeds sprouted and a lovely young couple answered Harmony Farm’s call. They offered to become its future owners / caretakers.
Spring cleaning ensured, for we needed to finish clearing out stuff we had accumulated during 37 years of living on Harmony Farm.
As with every season, Spring’s polar opposite – Fall – kicked in. We released more and more of the old, while opening to the new.