Week #106 – Welcome Fall!!! (Celebrate the first days of Autumn!)
Greetings Happyness Tribe!
[Repost Alert! As we kick off a new season — I’m reminded that Happyness starts with ourselves! This weekend — I repeat the challenge to take stock and regain our balance for the 13 weeks ahead!]
10:21 a.m. ET yesterday (Thursday) marked the Autumnal Equinox — the exact moment when the sun shines equally on both sides of the Equator. The word itself means “equal night” — as these days are marked by equal parts sunlight and darkness.
And — for the moment — perfect balance.
I don’t know about you…but Summer has often left me feeling a little unhinged. Long days, lots of sun, an abundance of visitors (although not so much this year), activities, and things to do. Couple that with the added pressure in the Northeast to “get out and enjoy it”…and summer can feel like a mad rush to some finish line that ends three weeks early on Labor Day weekend.
Thankfully, we’re all smart enough to know that Summer doesn’t really “end” until September 21st or 22nd — and many of us are still able to get out and enjoy beautiful weather into September and October!
But as the air turns a little cooler, the wind picks up, and maybe those boots and sweaters are starting to look pretty good — the Autumnal Equinox gives us the perfect opportunity to step back, take stock, and re-balance.
If Autumn is creeping up on you, don’t fight it — WELCOME IT!
Your Happyness Challenge for the Week Ahead: CELEBRATE THE FIRST DAYS OF AUTUMN! Welcome this season of harvest, storage, and preparation by turning inward: take stock in yourself, make room for only what’s necessary, and set a goal or direction for the next three months of your life. The Winter Solstice is exactly 13 weeks away! Don’t wait until December to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions and goals…START NOW! Use the Fall Season as a runway into 2017. The next 13 weeks is going to pass one way or another…how do you want to spend this season?!
- DECORATE — this is the easiest way to mark the change of seasons. Don’t wait for the leaves to turn or for Halloween decorations to appear…get out your scarecrows and pumpkins now and give yourself a visual cue that a new season has arrived. WELCOME IT!
- CLEAN — there is a lot of talk of “Spring” cleaning at the Vernal Equinox — but Fall has it’s own cleaning and decluttering rituals too. As we turn our focus inward to our homes — it makes sense that we would declutter and clean in preparation for the indoor months ahead. Use this time to get rid of things you no longer need — and make room for the things that will sustain and nurture you through the dark and cold of winter. WELCOME IT!
- SET NEW GOALS — Just like cleaning and decluttering makes room in our homes, cleaning and decluttering of the mind makes room in our psyche. Every thirteen weeks we are given the opportunity to start a “new season.” Start this Fall with a little quiet time to consider what you’d like to accomplish by the END of the year, what obligations or habits you need to shed to make that possible, and what new resources you may need to help you get there! WELCOME IT!
At the very least — set aside time this weekend to think about what you need to feel happy in the 13 weeks ahead.
Remember — it takes a happy person to Spread Happyness!
Spread Happyness — share your favorite Autumn rituals and activities in the comments!
9/23/16 by Grace Church
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