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a good ending

amongst the many good lessons i gratefully learnt from paul over the years, one comes to mind particularly at the moment. his teaching of the chant ‘namastaraya’ was at the heart of this lesson – a chant for autumn, for transformation, for endings.

it is important to make good endings. cutting things cleanly allows a good beginning to follow. in the garden, a clean cut with secateurs allows healthy regrowth.

in all of its small endings then, the autumn is a good time for a new start. if you are a gardener, you know that half way through october, the attention tends to shift from doing all you can to eek out this season, to preparing well for spring.

if you study or teach, garden or farm – autumn is when you begin. and with the undeniable and appropriate dying back of the old, comes a rebirth and a hope for the future.

in yoga, we do well to begin by letting go.

exhaling – cleansing, clearing and dropping softly and deeply into the earth
inhaling – rising and expanding into a life renewing… welcoming a new beginning from a good ending.

“What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.” T S Eliot (Four Quartets – Little Gidding)