A pupa is the life stage of creatures undergoing transformation between immature and mature stages.
From DailyOm “Autumn’s Beauty”
Appearances deceive in autumn. The transformations undergone by living beings seem much more like endings than the transitions they really are. Dormancy, not death, is the hallmark of fall. Your priorities will likely change as nature flares into sunset brilliance and then lapses slowly into slumber, but remember to rejoice in the beauty of nature where every finale serves as an overture for a new beginning.
If you want to quickly eliminate the toxins, drink a gallon of water a day, turn off the news, unfollow all the negative crap and go for a walk every day.
^ Clear, simple and good advice from Carla White, creator of the Gratitude app.
I removed the dead/dying Summer plants from my Zen garden this afternoon. The frost and chilly temps did a number on most of them. I added the white mums and small pumpkins. Looking at it now, I should have gotten four. I raked out a bunch of leaves. It looks so pretty. I love to sit there and hear the wind blow and the large trees overhead swaying.
It feels so good to have this pause. In Yoga it’s called “the pause between poses.” I am cherishing having this time to rest, recover, reflect and just BE. What a treat to be able to bring my kids to school, to take them on mini adventures, to make them dinner. Having missed out on all of this for the past five years, I truly appreciate the experience. I’m also detoxing from the media. I’ve cut off the constant stream of vexing information by tuning out from cable news and removing myself from Twitter, Facebook and other social media with the occasional exception on the weekend. I read The New York Times on the weekend and listen to the NYT The Daily podcast most days, but that’s it. Instead of filling my head with garbage, I’m quieting my mind.
I welcome all the energy of Autumn into my life. Autumn is a time of transformation and reflection. Like the leaves falling away from their branches, my life flows and changes peacefully, and all at the perfect time.
I take time in Autumn to reflect on my life and where I am going in it. I have a clear vision of the changes that I need to make so that I may continue to grow in my highest good.
I enjoy the cooler weather and all the changing colors that are unfolding throughout Nature. This is the season of warmth and gentleness; a reflection of my inner self.
With grace I let go of anything that is not serving me positively and I make way for many new blessings.
The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. – Anaïs Nin