Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons,
Here are reasons I LOVE Fall.
Fall Fruits and Vegetables
The Calm Before the Holiday Season
Dressing Up for Halloween
Finding the Perfect Pumpkin
Christmas Is Almost Upon Us
New TV Shows
Hoodie Sweat Shirts
Pumpkin Spice Lattes
Everything Seems More Mysterious
But I would have to say that my ALL-TIME Favorite thing about Fall is that life seems to SLOW DOWN and get really Comfy this time of year.
So today, I am going to talk about some really fun ways to S.T.O.P. and enjoy life a little bit more.
It really is true in life that “Slow and steady really does win the race.”
I have discovered something really amazing:
When we believe that we have all the time in the world,
We start living like we have all the time in the world.
If we can learn to train our brain to focus on slowing down rather than speeding up, we will literally find that we have magically added time to our lives by creating more space to “JUST BE” and savor each and every moment.
I can almost hear your voices as you ask me…
What does living like you have all the time in the world look like…
And how can I begin to create this right now?
To answer you, I have given you my 4 favorite Fall Routines that have helped me enjoy this slower time if the year.
#1: Wake Up In Sensuality:
When you wake up each morning, DO NOT allow yourself to immediately start thinking of your to do list.
DO NOT jump right out of bed.
Instead, stretch like a cat.
Feel your bones and muscles lengthen.
As you open your eyes notice the smile that has come over your face and say to yourself, ‘I love you”.
Give yourself a hug and as your feet hit the floor say “Thank you”.
#2: Hum While You Walk:
Or Whistle… if you can actually whistle without making everyone wish they were dead.. (like the people around me feel when I whistle)
But seriously, How wonderful it is to hum while you walk?
Everywhere you go, whether it is inside your home, in a grocery store or walking your child to school, hum.
Think of your favorite “PICK ME UP” song and hum it.
Humming does not require that you know the song.
You can hum any tune and when you do, something magical will happen.
Humming actually sends signals to your brain that tell it there is plenty of time and space for whatever you want.
(OK, so I made that one up, I have not actually read anything that scientifically proves that)
#3: Take One Centering Breath:
Practice taking one deep centering breath before doing any task or talking to anyone.
You do not have to answer the phone on the first ring or respond to your email or text right away.
The boss is calling you down the hall, before getting up, take one deep centering breath and then proceed.
Try this often and you will begin to notice a change your mind set.
Stop, Take a breath, Observe, Proceed with wisdom.
This acronym has been floating around mindfulness circles for a really long time and it is a wonderful way to remember to slow down.
Create a really artistic sign of this acronym, post it in several places so you can remind yourself daily to S.T.O.P.
By incorporating this acronym into your mindset, you will add years to your life, and life to your years.
Most of us know the fable of The Tortoise And The Hare.
The moral of that story as we all know is that just because we are moving fast does not mean we are moving wisely.
We all have places to be and things to do, but do not miss those beautiful moments that are placed in between all the responsibilities we all have.
*Moments to just sit and have a conversation with your child.
*Don’t be in such a hurry, or so distracted that you fail to observe the smell of the leaves that have fallen from the trees as you walk to the car.
Do not miss the aromas of cinnamon buns and roasted coffee beans at your local coffee shop.
Or the new shade of eye shadow your coworker is wearing.
It is the small things that make the biggest impact in our lives.
don’t move so fast,
why not make your life last.
I guarantee you will start feeling fun, free and really ALIVE once you learn how to S.T.O.P.