Fall Is In The Air



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As we are savoring our last days of summer, notice what happens inside your body as Fall comes closer. For me, there’s a sense of hope and new beginnings. There’s a momentum that wants to explore and explode with new ideas and new activities. Challenge yourself to quiet the mind enough to sense what is inside. This is some of the work we do in our Somatic Experiencing sessions. When the stuff inside is too mucky or dark we learn to pendulate out of the trauma to places that make us feel good and whole again. Our goal is being able to have a healthy nervous system that flows easily from the good to the difficult sensations, and back to the wonderful ones. Embodiment has been a new term for my clients to digest. How do we stay in our bodies and grounded during times of distress? Meditation and Yoga can sometimes take us out of our body. To stay within it takes awareness and sensation. Becoming aware of when you leave your body and noticing bodily sensations that will help keep you grounded, in the here and now, and in your body. EMBODIED

I wish you a beautiful, safe and grounded Fall! Remember… our Wednesday 6pm Yoga class begins in Stamford next week. If you are interested, just reply to this email and I will forward details.

Till then,

La Shana Tova for those of you who are celebrating the Jewish New Year and

Namaste to all!

 


Don’t Fall Into Fall

 

by Pamela Tinkham, LCSW, C-IAYT, SEP

 

With Fall upon us, we need to be mentally prepared for the new season. Fall brings about new opportunities.  The energy around us is a faster pace than those warm summer days.  Work is back in full swing, kids are back in school, new projects are beginning and deadlines are in the picture.  It is an exciting time and can be overwhelming if you are not prepared.  How can you be prepared?

There is a quote I like from a Roman Philosopher that refers to this topic:

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”

I often hear people say, “I’m just not lucky in life”, or “These are the cards I was dealt”.  These are negative statements and also self defeating statements because they suggest that everything is out of their control. In life there are many things that are out of our control, but there are equally many things we can control and that is where the topic of preparation comes to play.  What we can do is work diligently towards our goals and we can continue to persevere even when things do not seem to be going our way.  When we feel like giving up, we can just try one more time.  If it is certain that what we are doing is not working, then we need to think outside the box and explore all the things we have not done.  The point is that we continue to press on.  We continue to try different ways until we get the desired outcome.  We don’t give up or give in.

Preparation is therefore doing the work that we don’t always feel like doing.  Wouldn’t it be nice if things could just come to us effortlessly and easily?  Just 5 minutes of meditation every day will help things come to you more effortlessly because it brings about a relaxation and detachment from the desired outcome that actually makes it more achievable.  In Deepak Chopra’s The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, he writes about the Law of Detachment:

In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty…
in the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom
from our past, from the known,
which is the prison of past conditioning.

And in our willingness to step into the
unknown, the field of all possibilities,
we surrender ourselves to the creative mind
that orchestrates the dance of the universe.

To summarize Don’t Fall into Fall… do the work to prepare you for whatever may present itself.  Go the extra mile to research a particular area or read the extra book on a topic you are interested in.  Whatever it may mean for you… do not be lazy this Fall, be productive and LUCK may just arrive at your door

Healthfully Yours!
Pamela