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The wheel of the seasons turns. Summer becomes fall. The light changes and nights grow longer. The energy of the tree shifts from branch to roots. Gracefully and gloriously, the wheel turns. In many spiritual traditions, the practice of turning is a spiritual practices. Dervishes whirl, pilgrims circumambulate sacred places, prayer wheels turn.

Turning inward does not mean abandoning the world, turning your back on loved ones, work, relationship, the joys and sorrows of the world. Turning inward means spiraling towards the center, the still point within you from which all activity in the outer world truly arises. Turning inward is the awareness of that still point deep inside one's own breath, mind and heart. Turning inward means allowing the attention to spiral down to that point.

The season of summer is spiraling down to the still point of the equinox. The season of autumn spirals further yet into the solstice, and then the return begins. Autumn is a wonderful time for walking meditation, to walk a labyrinth, a circle, to simply walk, feeling the change, feeling the earth beneath your feet, step by step, feeling the stillness of your step upon the earth. Just for a few moments, a heightened awareness of your walking brings you home to yourself, here, now.

To walk in the world with your attention centered within yourself, this is turning inward. Take a breath and feel in your own being, perhaps in the heart, in the belly, perhaps simply somehow in the very center of yourself, a point, a seed. Be with that seed for a moment. Everything now begins its retreat back to the seed. In the spring the seed will blossom again. With your inhalation feel yourself retreat to the still point within you, with the exhalation know that you are always blossoming, always bearing fruit.

The cycle of the years, the cycle of day and night, the cycle of the breath, the inhalation and exhalation-the rhythm of your being is the rhythm of the seasons. There is no other rhythm.

As you walk upon the earth, as you look around, you realize the earth prepares itself for the change, for the falling of the light.

In a world full of aggression, disturbance and distress, the moments where you can feel in yourself the earth's rhythm pulsing in you like a heartbeat, those moments are great gifts, however rare they may be. Honor them, treasure them, the precious moments of your precious life upon this earth.

May all beings be happy, peaceful and free of suffering.

Continuing the theme of Turning Inward, the message in October will be about opening the inner vision and accessing inner guidance. November's topic will be about meditation as aligning with your deep intention.

Donna Thomson
Glorieta, New Mexico

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Previous Meditations

July-August 2006 - Peace and Conflict
May-June 2006 - The Vibrant Life: Simple Meditations to Use Your Energy Effectively
March-April 2006 - Spring
February 2006 - Meditation with the Divine Feminine
January 2006 - Infusion
December 2005 - Evergreen
November 2005 - What Can We Do?
September - October 2005 - Meditation Is Not a Luxury
Summer 2005 - The Brave Little Parrot
Spring 2005 - Do You Know?
February-March 2005 - The Inner Treasure
November-December 2004 - The Light at the Heart of Everything
September-October 2004 - Continuous Prayer
July 2004 - The Open Heart
March February 2004 - Global Awareness
New Years 2004 - Know Yourself
December 2003 - Community
November 2003 - The Star
September 2003 - Illumination
July 2003 May 2003 - The Legend of Waterwoman
April 2003 - Easterer
March 2003 - What Do You Value?
February 2003 - Energy
January 2003 - New Years 2003
December 2002 - Christmas 2002
November 2002 - The Presence of Spirit
October 2002 - The Spirit of Love and Peace
September 2002 - Hope
August 2002 - Ask and You Shall Receive
July 2002 - Faith
June 2002 - The Circle
May 2002 - Strength and Power
April 2002 - Water
March 2002 - A Prayer February 2002 - The Feast of Imbolc
January 2002 - Rememberer
December 2001 - Inner Silence
November 2001 - Weeping for the World Impermanence (Anicca)
October 2001 - Non-violencece
September 2001 - Affirmation
August 2001 - The Mirror of the Cosmos
July 2001 - Energy
June 2001 - Simplicity
May 2001 - The Labyrinth
April 2001 - Spring, Renewal, Rebirth
March 2001 - Joy and Sorrow
February 2001 - Take Good Care of Yourself
December 2000 - January 2001 - Winter Solstice and New Year's Meditation
November 2000 - Peace
October 2000 - Love
September 2000 - The Space Between
August 2000 - Creativity
July 2000 - Honoring the Earth
June 2000 - Walking the Path
May 2000 - Cosmic Energy
April 2000 - Nurturing
March 2000 - How to Consult an Oracle, Equinox Meditation

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