I’ve seen a lot on social media about the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Seems many of you consider this more of a new beginning/fresh start than January 1. Routines are reestablished for households and schedules are more specific with carpools, practices and game start times. Although we can tire of routines they absolutely strengthen our productivity and sense of well-being. They ground us and can even be a lifeline in times of great stress…so take a minute and appreciate yours!
Taking a minute is exactly what I encourage you to do over the next week… In fact, take a few every day – make stillness part of your routine. Sit by yourself, quietly, both feet on the ground, eyes closed, arms open, and breathe deeply. I’m not suggesting you empty your mind as in meditation. I’m suggesting that you get still and quiet and pay attention to your inner thoughts…
Ask yourself, “What do I want to happen? What do I want to create for fall?” See what comes up. If looking ahead to all of fall is too big of a question, start smaller – what do I want to create for today, for this week?
Believe it or not “sitting with yourself” is actually a skill – meaning it is a learned behavior. As such, you might be uncomfortable or feel awkward first trying stillness – don’t give up! For many of us, our worlds do not support stillness and quietness and taking time to tune into our inner knowing. Practice some stillness this week and see if you don’t feel calmer and subsequently more energized, while gaining clarity on your interests.
I regularly see people struggling with not knowing what they want to do, make happen or achieve. Clarity –at least on a piece of the puzzle is vital to taking some targeted action. And gaining clarity – even by sitting still – is an active process!
To learn more about clarity, read my latest post: Finding Clarity After an Eclipse.