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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Returning to September

Oh, *sigh*, it's September.

Even though autumn is my favorite season, it still brings so much along with it...the feeling of starting anew, winter looming ahead, the end of beach weekends. I certainly have felt these shifts during this past week.

I received this article from my longtime mentor and friend, Judith Indira Parsons. She is the author of The Clear and Simple Way and has elegantly reminded me of the cycle of the seasons and how that correlates with the cycles within myself.

Read on for some autumn inspiration...


It is September once again, time for students and teachers to return to school, time for summer to return to autumn, and time for me to return to Europe for my annual tour where I will be giving seminars, talks, and readings.

Returning to September can remind us that there is a cycle to everything.

Sometimes you feel energetic, sometimes less so. Try not to judge yourself too strongly for your different moods. There is an ebb and flow to all of life. See if you can just sit back and notice yourself feeling energetic or unenergetic, feeling creative or uncreative, without putting negative labels on your experience. Trust that your ebb will lead to a flow.

Notice when your mind is harshly judging the ebbs in your life . . . telling you that you should be more productive, you should be doing something. Nevermind the mind! Go deeper than the mind can go. Get to know the ebbs and flows of your life. Trust that just as the earth has its cycles, so do you. Breathe. Relax. Enter into the natural flow of life, which always knows the way to go, even when your mind does not.

Enjoy autumn to the fullest, wherever you are. It comes only once a year.