Earth Season arrives … expected but still taking my body by surprise. I walk out into the cooler garden and I feel a heaviness come over me. The sunflowers can barely hold up their dark heads. The squash have swollen overnight to inedible sizes. The ghosts of autumn are still hidden behind the curtain of the green world but I hear their preparations, the rustling of their skirts and jackets as they stretch and yawn in their underworld beds and the snapping of twigs as they pick the dry dirt from underneath their fingernails.
There is something unbearable about how quickly summer ends. I am not ready. I need a pause, an interval, between the untempered joy of July and the poignant loss of November. I am not ready to go down and yet there is not enough lightness left to lift me. But then, I remember the seeds …
The seeds I have promised to gather for friends are ready now, waiting in perfect equilibrium at the tips of the stems and branches, tucked into the curled fists of the dry Queen Anne’s Lace, hunkered down in the husks of the mallow, rattling their tiny teeth in the poppy pods. I go in for bottles, bags, and baskets and begin collecting. As I tear open the husks and pods and fists, there is an explosion … not only seeds but an infinitude of life … feasting fleas, delicate white spiders, nasty snapping earwigs and segmented green caterpillars emerge, sleepy and sated yet lively.
Right here, right now, at the middle of the wheel, at the center of the seasons and the meeting point of the darkness and the light, a kind of reckless delight in the abundance of it all – even with autumn, loss, and death around the corners – so much abundance, so much life to celebrate!
“To bring about a time of abundance, a union of clarity and energetic movement is needed.”
~ I Ching, Hexagram #55 – Feng / Abundance (Fullness)
Abundant Splendor – Stomach 40 – is a point that gathers up the spirit of Late Summer and distributes it through our being. You find this point waiting patiently for touch – approximately one inch lateral to the anterior crest of the tibia, midway between the ankle and the knee crease. It will work to transform phlegm, bring clarity to the HeartMind, and endow us with the capacity for measured and potent action. I call on its wisdom when people feel overwhelmed by too much goodness and need support knowing how and when to receive, digest, and distribute the bounty of their own life. When our “plate is too full” and yet there is much to be grateful for, we can turn to Abundant Splendor to help us remember how to celebrate the harvest.