Fall Equinox Meditation

“And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves.”

Virginia Woolf
an abstract painting of fall foliage.
Alfred S. Wall, Landscape study: autumn landscape, c. 1865-1885, Carnegie Museum of Art

Focus on the idea of change and consider how the colors of the Earth are changing around you with this guided Fall Equinox Meditation inspired by Alfred S. Wall’s Landscape study: autumn landscape.

Step-by-Step Meditation

Listen to Equinox Meditation:


  1. Take a few moments to look at this painting.
  2. Notice the vibrancy of the autumnal colors in this work, and the variety of shades of yellow, orange, and red. How do these colors make you feel?
  3. As we enter the fall season this year—the fall equinox is on September 22—consider how the colors of the Earth are changing around you. How do you feel as we transition into this new season?
  4. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Focus on this idea of change, just as the leaves are changing and turning vibrant colors around you as we move into the new season.
  5. In what areas of your life are you experiencing change? In what areas do you desire change?
  6. Take a deep breath in and visualize this change. As you exhale, try to accept this change and state of transition in your life.
  7. Continue like this, breathing through the change and transitions you are experiencing to build acceptance and peace. Use this meditation to connect with the Earth around you as we enter a new season.

This work is on view in Scaife Gallery 8


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