The leaves believe...
Firstly, I do apologise about the lateness of this post. I have been sick with whooping cough and so our event filled weekend plans turned into home quarantine and recovery. Therefore this week I will not write to you about Harmony Day or the Noosa Pengari Steiner School markets which I intended to attend and I will focus on a more personal approach linked to internal reflections and the Autumn Equinox.
Autumn is slowly arriving here on the Sunshine Coast, though the current temperatures tell us Summer is hanging on with all her might. Last Thursday was the Autumn equinox bringing the shortening of daylight hours (which I must say, is making it much easier to put Kai to sleep at a reasonable time!) and some very welcome rains. We enjoyed Saturday night standing on our balcony as a family and watching the red full moon rise above the ocean and Kai and I completed a craft project making a fishing rod from driftwood, with a magnet in a pouch attached to brown string, and some cardboard fish with paper clip centres. I later found out that Autumn is the time for the Salmon run along the Queensland coast.
I have been thinking a lot about Autumn signs here on the Sunshine Coast as we do not have so many deciduous trees which flaunt the renowned oranges and reds of the season in other places. I notice that after the rains of the last couple of weeks many flowers are blooming and the birds are very active (and noisy) in the mornings. Spiritually Autumn is a time to let go of what is not serving us and create space for new growth. I feel this is why I was hit by the whooping cough, telling me to slow down and listen to my body. Being 6 months pregnant I truly feel new growth inside of me and a fierce drive to create, however I see now that I need to balance this with rest and reflection. I liked a quote I read recently that Autumn is not the time to do anything, just to reflect, listen, let go of the old and prepare space for welcoming new ideas and projects.
Surprisingly as we headed to the beach early Sunday morning we found a group of Turtle Volunteers counting eggs from a Loggerhead Nest. They had counted 120 successfully hatched eggs and helped 2 other baby turtles make their way to the ocean… a woman on a body board had paddled the hatchlings out beyond the break as it was rather dumpy. It was wonderful to show Kai this life cycle in action and we came home and drew pictures of turtles and eggs. Again I saw that by slowing down, spontaneous surprises could reveal themselves. The volunteers are organised by the Sunshine Coast Council and walk the beaches every morning during breeding and hatching season at 4-5am to collect data, visit https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Environment/Native-Animals/TurtleCare/TurtleCare-Volunteering for more information.
Finally I leave you with a beautiful poem that summarises our RAMA Project weekend and the coming of this wonderful season:
‘The lesson of the falling leaves’ by Lucille Clifton.
The leaves believe such letting go is love,
Such love is faith,
Such faith is grace,
Such grace is God.
I agree with the leaves.
Please share with us in the comments section any signs of Autumn that you have noticed on the Sunshine Coast. I am looking forward to writing next week’s blog and I promise it will be on time. Thank you for reading.