Fall is just around the corner, which makes this the perfect time to reflect not just on events of the present year, but on our life in general.
Spiritually each season represents a step along a spiritual journey. In general terms, spring represents new birth and childhood, summer is a symbol for youth, autumn relates to adulthood and maturity, and winter is known as a time of change and forming new strength (considered the most transformative season).
For a mother, autumn or fall represents the phase of life when their child steps out on their own, with their own responsibilities, dreams, hopes, and takes the reins of their spiritual journey into their own hands. At this point, a mother must let go, and trust that she has given her child a solid enough foundation of faith and morals and ethics that their personal spiritual compass will guide them in a direction to live their best possible life.
On pages 57 and 59 of my book, Great Mother Heart, I write:
“My mother was a woman of faith who truly believed in the power and the acceptance of prayer. Her belief in God and His supremacy was so strong that even in the toughest of times (like the time when she was a young widow on a farm, left to feed and provide for her children on her own), she staunchly believed that God would make everything right. Mother prayed unwaveringly and profusely. A small part of it was, perhaps, an influence of the community. In Nigeria, people believe in the bounty of prayer so much that they believe in miracles – actual-life miracles that happen all the time, if one only cares enough to notice.
This woman – my sweet mother – was my pillar of strength, and even when she was falling apart of having a hard time, she did not falter. NO matter what she faced in life, her prayers never stopped. She was always there for me, for us – this solid resilient wall that did not let us weaken, even in the face of some of the most difficult adversities in life.”
This fall take a moment to reflect – either as a child who is now an adult or as a mother, proud to watch her child venture forth into the world – embrace the change before you, grow stronger in your faith, and follow your moral compass – regardless of how loudly others try to sway you from your path. Let the leaves fall where they may.