This year’s fall colors have been resplendent, prompting renewed gratitude for my many blessings. The reds, oranges and yellows, punctuated by an occasional green pine exclamation point, also bring to mind the season of this man’s life.

I have just retired from a major piece of my coaching work, and there is more time to devote to the tasks of this decade. Readings from my astrologer and numerologist reinforce that this time of life will focus on introspection and spiritual awakening. It is not that I have been asleep in these matters all my life, but that there will be a new embrace of them and deepening engagement and appreciation.

A meditation reading on my birthday last week provided a succinct summary of this season’s call to action: cultivate loving kindness, do no harm, tame the mind. *  Among the pillars of Buddhist teaching, they resonate profoundly. Going forward, may they be in service not only to this pilgrim but to all who experience their rich colors in the landscape of their own journeys.

* Joan Borysenko, Pocketful of Miracles, October 9th.