Just a little fun today at the beginning of October. The fall season is upon us and in Chinese Medicine, each season represents many different themes. Today, I am just going to touch on one of those themes and that is the harvest. To help get your mind on the joy of the harvest, I have included pictures from my garden. If you would like to see a larger version of the pictures you can click on any of them.
Harvest is a time of thanks and abundance. In traditional agrarian societies, it was a time to celebrate all of the hard work done and to reap the rewards of that hard work. It was both a looking back and a looking forward. Looking back and being thankful for what was accomplished. At the same time, taking the harvest and looking forward to the winter to come. Preserving as much of the harvest as possible for the tough times to come. In our modern society, especially in the United States, the harvest time has pretty much disappeared. We can always buy fresh fruits and vegetables from all over the world, so we are always showered with abundance.
Nevertheless, autumn is a time to look back and be thankful for the year. Thankful for the wonderful, sunny summer that we have had and to begin turning in and thinking about the year to come. What would make this next year better, what goals need to be accomplished, what plans need to be laid? May this be a time of thanks and reflection for us all.
All images by Anthony Thompson