What Are You Harvesting this Fall?

Separating the wheat from the chaff, acknowledging your good and leaving the rest behind. 

It is definitely autumn in the Rockies. I love this time of year. The leaves start to turn, it gets a little cooler at night and there is a little chill in the air when I wake up at 6 a.m. I start thinking about making soup, wearing boots and sweaters again and thinking about candy corn. I remember raking leaves as child and jumping in the big piles of leaves.

Today I drove by a field where they had harvested the corn. Some stalks were still standing like lone sentinels. It inspired me to think about what farmers do when they harvest their crops. If they grew wheat they separate the wheat from the chaff. They take the good, and leave the rest.

So what good is in my harvest basket this fall? What’s in yours?

This year I am pleased to have celebrated one year being back in private practice after taking some time off to be mom to my amazing twin daughters. I so excited that my husband and I decided to downsize and have bought a new smaller home in a beautiful area near Denver.

We will be moving in at the end of this month. I am putting a few more things in my harvest basket too. I am placing my deeper level of patience with myself and others in the basket. Right beside that I am putting my renewed commitment to meditation and yoga time in the morning.

On those days when I have over slept or am too lazy and I don’t take that quiet time, my days just aren’t as fulfilling or calm. Definitely listening to my inner wisdom and guidance goes in there too. When I take the time to pause, breathe and go inside my decisions seem more in line with my highest goals.

What is the chaff that I am leaving in the field to decompose under the winter snows?

I am leaving irritation, judgement and impatience in the dirt.  When I get irritated at myself or others, I realize it is a bad habit that I want to let go of. When I resort to self judgement and criticism, nothing gets done and I become my own worst enemy.

Impatience was how I used to believe the world was against me when things didn’t happen in my time frame. How many moments of peaceful breathing or connection with others did I miss angrily tapping my finger at circumstances? The quieter I can be and more peaceful, the less I resort to these three states of mind.

What are you joyfully putting in your harvest basket this fall?

What good are you celebrating about you, your family, your work and the world around you?

What chaff are you going to leave in the field to decompose and transform under the blanket of the winter snow? What are you happy to let go of and release?

Take a few minutes and consider the good you have reaped this year. Let me know some of your favorites. I love hearing from you. Have fun jumping in the leaves.


Christine J. Harris, M.S., L.M.F.T., C.B.T.

Christine J. Harris, M.S., L.M.F.T., C.B.T.

Christine Harris is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Bioenergetic Therapist in Littleton, Colorado. Her specialty is embracing all of you: body, mind, and spirit in the therapy process. She has extensive post-graduate training in Bioenergetic Psychotherapy, a body-centered form of counseling. Contact her about your life’s adventures, misadventures, and desire for a more vibrant life. Email: [email protected] Phone: 720-727-2500.

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