Three Ways to Slow the Days in Autumn

     

    It’s no secret that autumn is my absolute favorite season, and all the “ber” months that are now upon us are my favorite, with October, my absolute favorite quick on our heels!  Can you believe it?

    Time just seems to fly by, and I’m always looking for ways to slow it, but more so during this season than any other.  Autumn is like a quiet reprieve from the heat of summer and the busyness of the holidays to follow.  A little pocket of days to gather our thoughts and unwind.  But if you’re like me, sometimes it’s not so much the desire to slow, but how that keeps me caught up in the hustle and bustle of life.  With that in mind, I’m sharing a few simple ways to slow the days and savor the season, in the hopes that we’ll embrace the slower pace that the lovely days that autumn invites us to.

    Find Balance

    The Autumn Equinox has equal hours of light and darkness, the perfect balance of day and night. But life in general, is often not the same. If you’ve noticed that your days are too often filled with what you “should” do and “have” to do, perhaps it is time to take a look at some things you “could” do and “want” to do.  During this season, why not challenge yourself to spend at least fifteen minutes engaged in things you love to do but perhaps have long neglected.  Close your computer screen, put down your phone and silence it, and for fifteen minutes do something you enjoy, like reading for pleasure, or picking up an old long neglected, or a new hobby you’ve been meaning to try.  You’ll be surprised how setting aside just a few minutes a day to engaging in activities that you love and enjoy will inspire you. You may even find yourself adjusting your schedule to find a little more time to set aside.  Very often it really isn’t a lack of time, but a lack of priority that dictates how we spend our days.  We are all given the same twenty-four hours each day, but how we spend it, is up to us.

    Count Your Blessings

    With the arrival of Autumn we begin to think on the season ahead and the upcoming holidays to follow. And while it is a festive time of year, it can also be overwhelming. Christmas especially can cause us to focus too much upon what we want, rather than the abundance that is already ours. And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, Autumn is the perfect time to place our focus on our blessings and be grateful. To encourage you in this effort, why not make a Gratitude Jar.  It’s as simple as finding a jar (a basket works well, too), some slips of paper and a pencil.  Put it somewhere you will see it every day, and then every time you think of something to be grateful, an answered prayer, accomplished goal, or a memory worth saving, write it down on a slip of paper. Do this throughout the season up until Thanksgiving day.  Then, set aside some time to read and reflect upon all the blessings this season has offered! It might just become a habit that you carry with you throughout the year!

    Get Back Into Nature

    The heat of summer often keeps us indoors where it is cool, but with the arrival of Autumn we know that cooler days are ahead! So why not take advantage of the cooler days and get back into nature!  Perhaps scout out a nearby park, pack your lunch and eat outdoors on your lunch break, or find a nearby nature trail and go for a short walk. Many apple orchards and pumpkin farms host events this time of year, and many churches and civic organizations sponsor harvest festivals, as well. These are all fun ways to enjoy the season and get outside! The brightly colored leaves and cool breezes beckon. This is a season to be savored!

    While these are just a few ways to slow and savor the season, there are any number of “little ways” to enjoy the days as well, such as setting aside a daily afternoon ritual for enjoying a cup of tea.  There are a number of lovely seasonal blends such as Celestial Seasonings Sweet Harvest Pumpkin, or Caramel Apple Dream. Or why not curl up on a rainy autumn afternoon with a favorite book? A few of my seasonal favorites are, Autumn From the Heart of the Home or Vineyard Seasons More From the Heart of the Home, both by Susan Branch.

    Whatever you do and however you spend your days, do set aside some time to soak in all the loveliness this season has to offer!  And if you have your own “little ways” of observing the days in Autumn, please share them in the comments!

    Until then, live every day with intention!

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