Oh hello autumn, nice of you to pick this rainy, cooler-than-it-has-been-in-months Sunday to join us...
It is days like today that I get excited for the seasonal change: slow days, quiet days, days accented by the sound of the rain against the windows and can (finally) give the air conditioner a much needed rest. It seems like a stormy calm, a pause button that tells me to look up, to look around and start preparing for winter, which has that sneaky way of being just around the corner and months away at the same time.
This is a harvesting time, when we start to reap our year’s growth and preserve it to sustain us through until springtime, knowing that the break in heat will soon give way to chillier and chillier nights and heavier and heavier sweaters.
While many have just sent their kids back to school, returned from traveling and vacations and we are all slowly starting to adjust to the sun setting earlier each day, it is also a great time to take inventory of our lives. We’ve had nine months to make, break, remake and learn from habits and resolutions we may have given ourselves almost ten months ago when the calendar gave us a new year and now is the perfect time to reflect and use that experience to create something that better serves us.
While reflecting, there will undoubtedly be lists unfinished, piles we’ve ignored while on the go! go! go! lifestyle path and just haven’t been able to get to. Today is a great day to call a friend, put on the movie (or trilogy) you’ve seen a million times and take some "you time" to trim away the things that aren’t serving you.
Those things may be actual things, you can do a quick closet survey to start:
See anything that you absolutely haven’t worn in a year (or more)?
Let it go.
That pair of boots that probably won’t make it through the next upcoming winter?
Perhaps it is time to replace them.
More raincoats than winter coats?
Donate extra clothing to someone in need and get yourself something warmer while you are out, both will feel great.
However, this trim-down can be applied to more than just the clothes in your closet or the things in your home. Reflect on your schedule, your home habits, your work-social calendar balance, your time spent with family and friends. Autumn is a season of nesting, of counting your blessings and abundances, of gathering with your chosen people to share warmth and love that will radiate through the coldest days to come. That extends to all corners of our lives and deserves our attention and nurturing.
So nurture your life; take a slow, patient inventory of your needs and start realigning you with what gives you your best chance at happiness from day to day, accepting the changes that need to be made.
Be sure to let Zen Method Philly know if you need any help, we’ve got your back and always love a good rainy day reflection session.
Be well and keep living in the light,
Zen Method Philly
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