R and R Sunday / A time for introspection
introspection n. Contemplation of one's own thoughts, feelings, and sensations; self-examination.
We are beginning to return to some personal quiet before the great introspection of the winter time.
Autumn invites us to turn inward and shed what no longer serves us.
When I look over the course of my life, how is it that I want it to turn out?
Just like the old leaves on the tree that know it's time to take the leap and float to their final resting place, so there are behaviors, habits, beliefs and negative thoughts that are ready to be released from the tree of our minds.
When the days are shorter, the sunlight is less direct and the air is cold, we are supposed to want to do less, sleep more, gain a little weight. A friend of mine lives where they know a few things about dealing with winter and says, Maybe winter is a time for introspection. Fighting that, we can feel depressed.
Like the deciduous trees, it's a time to practice letting go. To ask your self what possessions you have that you no longer need and gently let them go. Find them another home where they can be useful to someone else. Prune back your activities as we head towards the quiet of winter. Stop doing what no longer nourishes the soul. Create some empty space in which, in time, something new can grow.
Autumn is also a time that we should be able to savor the sweetness of life and be thankful for what we have received and accomplished. It is truly a time of gratitude.
It’s just common sense that when there’s less sunlight people tend to have less energy and adopt a quieter, slower pace. Don’t fight that. Work with it. Build more reflective time into the day at home. Curl up and read a good book, perhaps a quiet spiritual one you’ve always meant to read
With respect to the slower rhythms, we can really explore Advent this year! It is a traditional way of entering the winter season with reflection and contemplation; shifting gears, as we should. The first Sunday after Thanksgiving Advent will begin and I'll be having a lot to say about that later on.
The stark days of Winter lies ahead of us. Life is always prepared to render up its next challenge, but we need not fear the natural cycle of things. If we take stock, prepare & remember, we can weather any winter.
I'll be taking time out this Sunday to think about what needs letting go of and what I'm truly thankful for. Today I'm thankful for the time to just sit awhile and think about all these things.
Rest and Relax,spend some time today by taking some time out.