There’s a special energy and magnificence about fall.
Finally, summer’s heat is passing and we are being drawn into all of the warm cozy colors of the trees.
Last Saturday, Peter and I traveled to White River Junction, VT to celebrate the special occasion of our son Stephen’s Ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons at Trinity Anglican Church. Driving home we had time to reflect on our memorable day. We enjoyed the mountain views with early fall foliage and rolling hills as we drove alongside the peaceful mountain river. Throughout the Connecticut River Valley we observed many of farmers harvesting their fields and putting them to rest for the winter.
Try to give yourself that kind of treat as often as you can. Call it a “mental health day” or “playing with your family or your furry family” to reflect on the beautiful new season and all the things you are grateful for.
On our recorded 12 Day Fall Harvest Detox last Thursday, we talked a lot about journaling, prepping and preparing for action steps to help boost your twelve days for success.
Success is all about consistently achieving your most desired results. In the end, success depends on creating a balance between chaos and order in your life. Repeated preparation builds a strong foundation of healthy habits and the means by which you stay focused on your desired goals. This repeated preparation in turn allows you to stay on a healthy diet and exercise routine while successfully managing the distracting issues that will inevitably invade your day.
Entering the autumn season is the perfect time to take pause and reflect on past success as well as not so successful ventures.
A gratitude journal is a wonderful tool we suggest for noting your reflections. Scientific evidence supports that journaling provides other unexpected benefits. The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel. In sum, writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you. Begin journaling and begin experiencing these benefits:
In a gratitude journal the writer makes daily recordings about several events for which they are grateful. The idea behind the gratitude journal is to strengthen the part of the brain that focuses on positive thoughts and deepens the capacity to appreciate. This type of journaling is strongly associated with diminished depression and the heightened experience of inner peace and well-being.
Begin the journaling practice by buying a notebook that you can slip into a pocketbook, backpack or even a pocket. Keeping a journal as a private file on the computer or tablet is another option. Choose any method that enables you to write consistently every day five things that you can be grateful about that day. Some people find that lingering over the writing takes them into a state of reflection about the past, present, or future. Others prefer to track their thoughts about particular subjects, such as dreams, and certain behaviors like smoking, eating, or mood variations. Journaling helps to identify and clarify goals, wishes, and emotional reality without inhibition. Consider a brief meditation as a prelude to journal writing.
As months pass and you fill your journal with blessings an inner shift in your perception will occur. You will start looking for wonderful things to reflect on put in your journal.
A French proverb reminds us that “Gratitude is the heart’s memory.”
“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach