As I pull out remaining weeds and dried out reminder of flowers and vegetables once blooming on my allotment I reflect on the play between holding on and letting go.
Weeds are still green with roots deep in the soil resist my pull and I find pleasure in clearing space for the next year’s growth.
I am brutal with weeds, but over the last few years I became more mindful and reflective on the process of wanting to stay and needing to go.
It explains why I love autumn and winter even more. My thinking becomes clearer. My goals become crystallised and the path in front of me stretches ahead. In summer when woods are overgrown and taken over by brambles and ferns I feel confused. I feel enclosed and my thinking and creativity are not sharp. In the second part of the year I can breathe once again and start the process of deciding what to keep and what to let go off. The emptiness is inviting and exciting to me.
I sweep, clean and dust ‘the old’ and create space within and around me for the season of reflection and new beginnings.
What are you holding on to at this point? What are you not wanting to let go off?