Alas, 'tis clearly here. Cooler temperatures. Stronger winds. Leaves changing color. Some falling. Some hanging by a thread. Ahhh.... Autumn!
Yes, autumn is here, and it brings with it an opportunity to slow down, reflect, let go of what no longer serves you, and marvel at all of your accomplishments.
But accepting change, saying goodbye, and even cherishing your own treasures isn't always easy. Our lives are busy, our to-do lists long, and our hearts fragile. The bright side is that the tool with which to invite ease this season is right under your nose--BREATHING!
Every chance you get to take in a deep(er) breath, to let out a slow exhalation, and to notice how it all feels is good. Paying attention to your breath connects you directly with the present moment, with who you truly are, and with the signals your body is giving you right now.
With this connection, you can respond to what's happening in your life from the authentic and resourceful you (instead of going on automatic or reacting to what others think).
I'll leave you with a quote (origin unknown to me) that I used to say to myself repeatedly a few years back, and I honestly think it saved my life more than once: Just breathe, everything else is optional!
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Shira Oz-Sinai is a spiritual teacher trained in iRest® Yoga Nidra meditation and Soul Lightening Acupressure®, two modalities that share the common principle of noticing what arises in awareness as the foundation to living life with ease and in deep and loving friendship with yourself. These are her musings.