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Mindfulness and Letting Go

Autumn is truly a sacred time for me. The crisp air, the vibrant color of the leaves, and shorter days all symbolizing the earth’s seasonal transformation. What comes to mind for me, in this time of transition, is the practice of mindfulness and letting go.

Mindfulness is the mental practice that involves being fully present and engaged in the current moment. It is a state of active and open attention to your present moment without judgment. Letting go involves releasing attachments, relinquishing control, and allowing things to be as they are without holding onto resistance or attachment to specific outcomes.

My goal everyday is time outside. I love to immerse myself in nature. It is on my walks or bike rides that I can feel the changing season and I find it easier to clear my mind and embrace the changes that are taking place and to meditate upon my own disquietness. I like to utilize the bare earth to ground myself. This time of year, the crunch of the fallen leaves underfoot, the aroma of fall, the cool breeze against my skin, and the intricacies of the changing landscape remind me to be present, practice mindfulness, and allow myself to let go. If the leaves can do it every year, so can I!

Autumn is a reminder of impermanence, urging us to be present and attentive to the beauty in transition. Just as trees release their leaves, we too can practice shedding what no longer serves us. Mindfulness encourages us to acknowledge and release attachment to thought and emotions. It’s a time to reflect on the past, acknowledge its lessons, and gracefully let go making space for new growth and opportunities.

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