We're deep into autumn right now. The move from bright to dark has begun, a yearly non-negotiable event that has a profound influence on our lives. The extent that we can shift with it will become the measure of our contentment and happiness. Often we feel a contraction from the loss of sunshine. We think something is being taken away but in fact we are being offered new, and perhaps more subtle, gifts: the harvest and hearth, the request to prepare for the coming winter and with that a focus and purpose and a more keenly felt sense of belonging.