Seasonal Interludes

Did you know that the half way point of the fall season occurred on October 31st? Not only is October 31st Halloween, but it is also known as the start of birch month and Samhain that is symbolic of cleansing and new beginnings. As we enter the darkest time of the year, it offers the opportunity to not only have a fresh start, but to go within and practice stillness while preparing for the winter months ahead.

The Beauty of Stillness 

When you think of stillness, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it’s those moments of serene solitude, whether I’m curled up on the couch with a warm blanket at home or strolling through a lush forest pulsating with life. I’ve always found solace in being alone, and this affinity for solitude has been a part of my essence since childhood. There’s a difference between being alone and feeling lonely. I’ve experienced both, as most of us have, but through regular meditation and mindfulness practices, I’ve learned how to fill my own cup with self-love when loneliness creeps in. 

 In the past, I would feel uncomfortable in silence, preferring the comforting backdrop of music or white noise. But, as I dove deeper into my meditation and mindfulness journey, I’ve come to appreciate the profound beauty of silence and how it allows me to connect with my senses and the world around me. When you embrace quietude, you become attuned to the subtle sounds of life, such as the rhythmic beat of your heart or the gentle rumbling of your stomach communicating with you to eat. Silence also grants you the time and space to listen to your intuition, providing answers to the questions you may seek. In this sense, stillness takes you from a state of constant “doing” to a place of peaceful “being.”

Learning to immerse oneself in stillness creates the perfect conditions for deep listening. It beckons you to listen to the truth of who you are, offering insight and clarity that is often obscured by the internal noise and external hustle and bustle of daily life. It has the remarkable power to draw you into the core of your being and to silence the constant chatter of the mind.

How does this weeks Haiku make you feel when you read it? What images and thoughts does it evoke, and do you allow yourself to fully absorb its words and experience the feelings it conveys?

Does the idea of being in stillness make you uncomfortable? If it does, I challenge you to embrace it for just five minutes a day over the course of a week and see how it makes you feel. You might be surprised by the profound shifts it can bring to your life.

What does being in stillness mean to you?

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