While I’ve been churning over what I want my perfect first blog post to be about – something inspirational, something practical, something people will read – I realized today is the Fall Equinox. What better time to start something new, and what better topic to write about on this first day of fall!
Happy Fall! For many, Fall symbolizes starting something new. It’s back to school time, and we’re ready to begin this new season. A season
of letting go of what may have been holding us back. A season of harvesting all of the good you have invested in yourself or others throughout this year. A season of starting something new, whether “new” means new habits, new thinking, new routines, new friendships, new love, new anything.
One yoga tradition I have really come to love (love/hate really) is practicing 108 sun salutations. The number 108 has significance in the yogic realm, which I’ll let you read about separately if you’re interested. The idea is to flow through Sun Salutation A 108 times as an act of saying goodbye to the last season and welcoming the new. Let me tell you, 108 salutations can seem like a lot, but if you break it down into 3 sets of 36 it’s not so bad.
- Set 1: Focus on what you want to let go of from the past
- Set 2: Focus on what you want in the present
- Set 3: Focus on what you envision for the future
Let’s be honest, can we? Most of us don’t have an extra 40 minutes today to just focus on sun salutations, but just the act of releasing the past and setting new intentions can be really refreshing. Try taking 10 minutes to flow through the sun salutation, and I promise you will be feeling more energy. It’s a great morning routine or way to warm up before any workout. Here’s a quick link to Sun Salutation A if you want to try to it out! Let me know what you think if you give it a whirl.
3 SIMPLE TIPS FOR A MORE MINDFUL FALL
Here are three simple tips that you can try together or that you can pick just one to incorporate into your daily life for a more mindful fall.
- Reset your passwords – Choose passwords that reflect your intentions.
If it’s been a while since you’ve reset your passwords for your email, Facebook, what have you, take a few moments this weekend to not only prevent being hacked this fall but also to set new intentions. Passwords are things we use every. single. day. Set them to remind you of your intentions each time you log in.
“bepatient” “OneThingAtATime” “Drinkmoreh20” – You get the idea! Be creative and intentional.
- Take a walking break – Get away and walk, if only for a few minutes.
A new study in Time was just published that the average person’s attention span is 8 seconds now days. That’s actually less than a goldfish! No joke. Instead of taking digital breaks to check our phones, more emails, Instagram, Facebook, which only decrease our remaining attention span, try going for a wireless walk. An outdoor walk is best, but even if it just means a walk down the hall, you’re clearing your head and getting away from your space. It’s extra face time with your employees, new perspective, and hopefully a breath of fresh air.
- Thankfulness at mealtime – Take 30 seconds to practice gratefulness for your meal.
Like many busy people, you are likely taking your lunch at your desk where you’re writing your email summary of your conference call and politely requesting the deliverables that were due to you last week. You maybe had your breakfast there and may have your dinner there, too. I get it. Ohhhh, I get it. I’m not telling you to take your lunch away for 30 minutes, though that would be ideal. I’m just suggesting that before you take a bite, you take 30 seconds to be grateful for your meal and think about everything that went into putting it right in front of you (the farmers who planted and grew it, the harvesters, the shippers, the grocers, you purchasing it, you preparing it, etc.) Then, think about the wonderful ways it will nourish and energize you to finish out your day ahead.
I would love to hear what you try and how it’s working for you. As the blog takes shape, let me know what topics you would like to see. Videos will be coming, too. Namaste and happy Fall!!