It’s that time of year again. When the world seems to speed up even faster. Things need to be planned. To be scheduled. To be added into your already busy life.
It’s when the children are heading back to school and holidays become memories. And the time of year when we start to worry about all the things that need to get done, rather then of all the things we want to enjoy.
But my goodness, they are some of the most beautiful months of the year.
As we move forward into a busy-making time of year, I just want to remind you of the true nature of this time of year.
While everyone is running around adding in weekly meets, daily schedules, monthly events and everything in between, nature is reminding us that this is the time to let go.
Surrender, transformation and letting go are all qualities of the world around us during the Fall months.
And isn’t it ironic that while we feel the need to control, build, add-to our lives – that nature around us is taking its time, eliminating the non-essentials, letting go of the need to grow, push and expand.
The leaves slowly start to change from green to gold. The garden reaches it’s most bountiful. The sun falls a little sooner leaving us cooler and more contemplative.
Just as the Summer draws us out into the heat to grow, achieve, do, push and strive – the Autumn season calls us back into receiving, allowing and surrender.
Even when we don’t feel like we have the time for it.
We are reminded to slow down and dress with a little more mindfullness – warmth and comfort in mind.
We are blessed with the fresh vegetables as they come into the end of their growing cycle – nourishing us a little more deeply.
We are invited to reflect on all the things that we need to let go of in our lives – as we begin to restructure our daily lives.
Today I want to share with you a few things you can do to step into the next part of the year with grace and ease.
Especially in those moments when you feel like you need to do this or need to be there.
This week – choose to be on purpose with the things you add to and release from your life.
It can be way too easy for us women to allow the world around us to dictate what we will do next, where we should go and how we should spend our time and energy.
But as always, we have a choice. And with that choice, we have the ability to offer the people around us the best version of ourselves.
Maybe taking some extra time out will make you a better partner. Maybe saying yes to yourself will make you a better friend. Maybe investing in yourself will make you a better person.
Maybe you matter more then you are willing to admit. And saying you will take care of your body next month, next year and next is very different then actually setting the intention to make the change.
In this moment, choose to live with Intention this Fall and repeat after me…
“This week I will live with intention by choosing…
The Way I Spend My Time - I will schedule in non-negotiable time early in the morning and just before bed to relax, nurture my body and take time for meditation and reflection. If this means getting up earlier or cutting back on television/internet time I will make the changes I need to in respect for myself.
The People I Surround myself with - I will get really clear on the people I choose to spend my time with and energy on. This includes both in person and online. If there is someone I’ve been missing, I will call them up and set a date to meet. If there is someone who is draining me, I will limit or eliminate the time I spend with them, lovingly and with kindness.
The Places I Spend My Time - I will be mindful of where I spend my time and how it feels to be there. If my living room feels messy and disorganized, I will take time to tidy it up and change things around till it feels fresh and inviting. If I drive the same way to work, I will change it up and walk. If my bedroom is a mess of clothes, old magazines and things I no longer need – I set time aside to create a sanctuary.
The Things I Put in and on my Body - I will be aware of the things that I eat each day and how those foods make me feel and the energy that they give me – including the water I drink. Equally, I will be mindful of the products I put on my body, always asking myself- are they natural? do they make a difference? is there something less-toxic I can use instead?“
Here’s the the thing, you may not feel like you have the time to join the gym, do a detox or make it to yoga every week. You may not even be prepared to simply start meditating or moving your body each day.
But you will still have to move through your life with the energy, wisdom and clarity to make a difference in the lives of the people around you.
Because you care about your family. You want to be a wonderful partner and friend. You have dreams you want to reach and goals you want to achieve.
…and because if you choose to put yourself last, it’s not only your mind, body and Spirit that will pay the price.
It’s the people who care about you.
So for this week and the rest of the year, I invite you to live with intention. Especially in how you spend your time, who you surround yourself with, where you live/go and what you nourish your body with. And let each choice be loving, kind and intuitive.