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In-Between Month

In-Between Month

November is one of those in-between months that people don’t quite know what to do with.  Sandwiched between two big holidays, it’s usually viewed as a jumping off point for Christmas.  Although Thanksgiving is important and celebrated, it’s only one day out of the month.  That leaves the rest of the month where everything is usually dark and grey because the earth is dying and transitioning into Winter.  It’s also when the dark half of the year has arrived so the days are short and the nights are long.

What I love about November is that it is an in-between month when there’s time to slow down, think, plan, and meditate.  There’s nothing too pressing on the calendar, so it’s a great time for introspection before the holidays and the new year.  It’s also wonderful to get outside and observe the changes in nature.  One thing I’ve realized since moving up to the mountains is how detached I was from nature and the cycles of the earth when I was living in the city.  When nature becomes your focus and world, it’s easier to observe the subtle rhythms and daily changes that occur as the seasons progress.

With Winter coming up, I read recently that one of the best ways to get through it is simply by embracing it.  That means enjoying it and not fighting it.  I’ll have to remember that in the next few months.  In the meantime, I’ll enjoy November with its soft and delicate color palette.

“November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”

–  Elizabeth Coatsworth

In-Between Month

In-Between Month

Until next time, thanks for stopping by!

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