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Autumn is officially here in Virginia and the leaves are falling as well as the temperatures.

A few weeks ago, I was happy to be able to get outside to do some pruning in our yard. Each fall, I cut back the bushes and trees on our property, especially those around our yard and patio. If I didn’t, the patio and house would be devoured and disappear! We live in the woods and have hundreds of types of plants, trees, bushes and shrubs, so it’s a big job. We have ivy, wild grapevine, roses, butterfly bushes, boxwood, wild berries and wild roses, hemlock, forsythia, holly, yew, rose of Sharon and Virginia creeper, to name a few.

Pruning bushes, for example, helps the bush come back in the spring stronger and healthier. Pruning cuts off parts of the plant that are dying or taking away from the core of the plant. When I see new growth in late summer, I sometimes hate to cut it off because its new and a lovely green, but it can also take more water from the main part of the plant that needs it to stay alive. Too many “shoots” or new growth can hurt the plant more than help it at certain times of the year. I usually prune in autumn and again in late spring, depending on the type of bush, tree or plant.

Our lives are the same. We may not have a certain time of the year we need to “prune” our lives like the seasons,  but there may be a time for cutting and letting go of things, situations or people that are taking too much from us. Meditation, reflection and discernment of what’s working and not working in our lives is important. Sometimes clearing and cleansing our lives isn’t as easy as pruning a bush or plant, we can’t just cut things out of our lives so abruptly; it may take time and help from our spiritual sources. Other times, cutting things off quickly can be the best way. We will feel a change in our energy and feel different emotions because there are times we need to make changes although it may tug at our heart and may not be easy because we’re emotionally involved, but we also know the change or “pruning” is necessary.

Be gentle with yourself, give yourself time. Like the plants, we may cut back or prune the branches and feel and see an immediate difference, but often we may not feel the change right away. Each season has new beginnings and endings and with each season we grow.

 

Blessings and love, Fran-Mysti~

 

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