The Labor Day Weekend traditionally marks a sharp line between the summer and the fall. As children go back to school and vacations end, we begin to “gear-up” for the season ahead.
Teachers prepare their classrooms, businesses ready for the busy season, and there is even the beginning of holiday preparations as we enter into these few short months of fall. Instead of getting swept away by the change of season, here are eight ways to mindfully create more ease and more tranquility in your life this fall.
Create a daily meditation practice.
You can start with 10 minutes and work up to a 20- or 30-minute practice. Focus on your breath, a positive intention, or do a body scan. One of my favorite meditations is the Five Senses Meditation, shifting my focus every couple of minutes from one sense to another until I have experienced awareness of each sense.
Fall, particularly here in the northern United States, is a glorious time of year. Cooler temperatures, sparkling blue skies, and colorful leaves make being outdoors a sensory pleasure. A daily walk can become a part of your mindfulness practice.
Go to the local farmers market.
Reap the benefits of the fall harvest. This time of year, there are so many amazing fruits and vegetables. Experiment with foods you rarely eat and try out some new recipes.
Fill your home with the scents of the season.
Cook something yummy. I know when I start to get super busy, I stop cooking and move into out-to-eat, take out mode. Cooking is a great way to calm the mind and practice staying present. If I want to feel calm and comfy, there is nothing quite like the aroma of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, or a big pot of curry!
Declutter a cluttered space.
Clutter and too much stuff exacerbates feelings of busy, overwhelm and stress – so clean out that closet, get the summer beach stuff out of the car and put away, or prepare the guest room for actual guests and feel that great vibe of release and refresh.
As the sun starts to set earlier and earlier add some candlelight to your living space and relax on the couch with a good book (an actual printed book you can hold in your hand).
Take time each week to plan.
I know for myself that when I take time out on Sunday or first thing Monday to look at the week ahead and plan my time, my self-care, and my work priorities I have a calmer more productive week.
Practice picking up the phone.
Instead of texting or emailing, make a phone call! Connecting and communicating is a MINDFUL activity. Choose real conversation rather than technology.
This season, instead of rushing around, stroll more mindfully and easily into the season; enjoy the sights, the sounds, the scents, the tastes, and the cool fall breeze.