September challenge: Watch the leaves fall

It’s September, a time of year when many of us say goodbye to the lazy days of summer and hello to the busy routines of work, school and the like. It’s easy to get caught up in it all, which is why this month’s challenge is designed to help us slow down and step away for just a few nourishing moments.

This month, I challenge you take some time to sit outside and watch the leaves fall from a tree. You could do this in your backyard, in a park, or further afield — whatever suits you at the time. If you live in a place where the leaves don’t fall, then watch a tree move in the breeze, or watch a stream or river flow by.

As you sit, first take a few deep breaths, let your shoulders drop, and relax the muscles in your face. Then turn your senses outwards, to what is happening around you. Watch how the leaves spiral and dance their way to the ground. Listen to them rustle as they collect around you. Smell the carpet of grass that cushions their fall. Feel the warmth of the sun shining through the branches and onto your cheek.

Spend at least ten minutes sitting this way, with your senses engaged around you. If other thoughts enter your head, try your best to let them go and shift your focus back to the leaves.

These few moments of precious presence have the power to recharge your body and refresh your mind. Consider them a gift to yourself. Perhaps they will also help you to let go of the old and make way for the new in your life — something we could all use a little more of at any time of year!



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