Fireworks were going off last night outside my hotel room. So pretty! It was as if the skies were having a party! A celebration of life.
Earlier today as I opened the curtains, grey, wet weather greeted me, the kind that shows the year is now drawing towards an end.
I find something beautiful about this weather and the nobility of trees. The way they can let go of their old leaves down to their bare branches. Standing like enlightened beacons of hope, exposed to their truth, against the backdrop of the severity of winter.
Forget waiting until March for a spring clean; I say go for a heavy duty autumn one! To me, this time of year is perfect for reviewing what has been learnt, letting go of stuff and a time to retreat inwards. To find salvation beyond the mental chatter of the mind. With space and rest, there are so many possibilities for opportunities to grow!
So with this in mind, I bring your this week’s article, four different ways to find the space to meditate during the day. Why four? It feels like a nice number. Also, it is the number associated with being.
Number 1: Meditation to do as soon as you wake up. The mornings may be darker at this time of the year, and it may even feel brutal to leave the comfort of a warm bed. The early bird they say catches the worm. So if wiggly creatures aren’t for your palette than how about getting up five minutes earlier each morning to meditate? If you aren’t use to getting up it may take effort to start with. From my experience, it gets easier every day!
Try doing the meditation every morning for at least forty days. Yes, Forty! I find the most powerful way to meditation is to commit to doing it daily. It will be worth the effort. Try it also before bed.
Number 2: Eat your breakfast like it is the first time you have ever tasted food. That means, sitting down with no TV, phone or any other distraction. Instead, simply relish the pleasure of eating. Can you see the angle I’m going here? Winter= slow. Chew slowly. Try eating seasonal food. While eating if you start planning or thinking, tell your mind you can do that as soon as you have finished. Just allow for the space and tranquility of being.
Number 3: Autumn/winter walking meditation
I find winter meditation walks the most rewarding. Just think of all the interesting textures on the ground like leaves and wet grass etc.. and the smells like wood, moss and rain. With wellington boots on, I walk around parks alone and silently with my partner through woods. The smell of the earth and the feel of the ground help me to connect with the now. It’s like the wind can blow away any cobwebs that have somehow accumulated as stuck thoughts.Try winter walking meditations once a week or more.
Number 4: Be kind to yourself and slow down for winter meditation
Remember winter equals slow. Life can be fast, but try doing something nice for yourself, every day! It doesn’t have to take ages or cost a lot. My thing is to make myself a healthy drink. I put a lot of healthy things into this smoothie and sit down and drink it with all my senses. It’s my way of nurturing and learning to slow down. You may not be into smoothies but think of something kind and healthy you can do for yourself fully present. My friend loves her luxury bubble baths. Self-care can be deeply rewarding!
I will leave you with this quote by Alberty Camus ‘In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.’
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