Grounded and Grateful

colorful autumn leaves
colorful autumn leaves

The energy of summer keeps many of us moving. Sometimes I almost get the sense of being a little bit scattered. Imprinted memories of unstructured childhood schedules in the months of June, July and August sometimes make me feel like I can say yes to every fun and crazy opportunity. Once that slight hint of Fall chill hit's the air, I sense an inner shift. I notice that year after year as the energy of autumn comes in I begin to feel more centered inwardly, and a 'return to self' occurs. I find myself wanting to cook more, nest a little and feel grounded.

Feeling grounded to me means I am spending more time at home, cooking more, practicing more yoga and walking in the woods. It means becoming laser focused on completing projects that have been nagging at me. Over these past few weeks I have enjoyed making fabulous healthy muffins, soups and dinners and getting things done around the house. Staying grounded means really looking at the schedule and planning the activities and experiences I really want to have on my calendar. Minimizing travel plans can become important – because I love being in the Bay Area during this season. (However, fall is a beautiful season in SO many places so I do schedule a few fabulous trips).

When a harnessing of my energy takes place, I notice I become more centered. From this place, I feel it is easier to reach out and reconnect with family and friends and I am able to move into the holiday season with greater ease. Feeling centered inwardly always enables me to connect better outwardly. The peace comes from within.

I also think of Fall as a great time to reconnect with gratitude. My husband and I had a great discussion about this a few nights ago. Feeling grateful for all the things that we do have in our lives, even in the midst of all of the chaos in our every day living. We have a wonderful app we recently recommitted to using each night before bed called Gratitude Journal, a simple journal for uploading pictures and memories recording daily gratitude's to easily refer back to when those reminders are most needed. Gratitude is obviously a year round practice but I realize how easy it is to disconnect from it, as our lives become busy and more complicated while we are trying to solve day to day issues.

I am grateful for all of the wonderful memories of Summer and for my favorite Fall season - and for feeling grounded as I walk this path, with renewed energy. Happy Fall!

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