Autumn - New Beginnings
Here at Taruna the leaves are beginning to turn and find their way back to the earth, the shadows are sharper and the sunlight’s warmth is becoming ever more precious.
After a busy start to the year we find ourselves catching our breath, noticing nature and planning for the months ahead. We recognise how important it is to just pause and to allow the outer world to speak to us inwardly before we move to the next busy phase. Autumn is a favourite season for many – it has, in the words of nature writer Melissa Harrison ‘a wistfulness, nostalgia, a comfortable kind of melancholy – that are, at other times of the year, just out of reach’ and she inspires us to reflect that Autumn is about 'the process of decay being about life, not death, the year’s spent growth giving rise to the very earth that will propel the following Spring. Autumn is a time of new beginnings, too’.
Already we are anticipating students who are joining us for seminars in the autumn months – we feel blessed that there is so much activity wanting to happen here, so many new beginnings making their way. For us it is a wonderful bridge to the festival of Easter and its message of death and new life.
In this spirit of new beginnings as the seasons change we wish you a sense of inner renewal.
Lauren, Deb and Rosie
Taruna College Leadership Council
If you are interested to connect further with Melissa Harrison's work you can follow this link to a podcast from Radio NZ.