Vata Season

Welcome to the official start of Vata season. Finally we are beginning to witness the arrival of cooler nights and dryer days. For many of us we are also starting to experience the whirling of actions, thoughts and emotions, as Vata is awakened within us. Yesterday on my way to catch the Jitney to NYC, in my rushing and thinking of too many things at once, I consciously left my phone on the tailgate of my car. I thoughtfully reminded myself not to drive away until I retrieved it. But, when my husband walked out to see me off, I got distracted.

Despite my daily routine of vata pacifying practices, it got the best of me. I drove away forgetting my phone, it flew off the car and by the time I found it, it had been completely destroyed. This is a typical example of how Vata stirs things up and creates challenges during this time of year. Requiring us to anchor more deeply in order to calm the body, mind, spirit and settle inward as we move towards the darkness of winter. But… Vata does not only have a negative effect on the realm of prakriti (nature), our body, thoughts and emotions. It also can stir things up in a good way. So I ask you to take a few moments after reading this post and to reflect on how you’ve done this year. Are there any regrets? Can you release them? Was there any great progress? Can you honor it? Was this a year of stagnation? Can you re-direct and move forward? What needs to be done for you to shift into the fall season with acceptance, hope and vitality? Make a plan! And let me know how it turns out.

Here is a wonderful quote a friend of mine shared from the Kol Nidre service on the eve of Yom Kippur. I hope you can embrace the vata pacifying wisdom of these words!

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

by Wendell Berry

With Grounding Evolutionary Love to you all,

Lauren Hanna