Fall 2020 Newsletter
Fall is for letting go
Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.
                                                          ~Rumi

 
The beauty of a winter sunset
 
Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go. - Unknown
 
 
The Cambridge dictionary defines to let go as "to stop holding something." How often we hold onto something longer than we should - things, relationships, jobs, bad habits, etc. Letting go is about acceptance, surrender, and trust.
 
The first step is accepting that we are holding onto something that needs to be let go of. Acceptance is not easy because we as humans are attached to things and people. It is often easier to deny that something needs to change in our lives, especially if we are not sure how to do it or if we do not feel ready. C.S. Lewis summed it up perfectly when he said, "Denial is the shock absorber of the soul. It protects us until we are equipped to cope with reality." Be gentle with yourself if you are not ready to accept what needs to change or what needs to be let go of. The second step is to surrender to not knowing what happens when we let go. We hold onto things and people that are familiar for safety and comfort, even if it might be better for us to let them go. This is where the third step comes in - trust. We need to trust that our letting go will bring us to a better place, even if we do not know where that is or how we will get there. According to psychologist Andrea Matthews, "Letting go means being willing to allow life to carry you to a new place, even a deeper more true rendition of self."
 
Letting go calls for us to be brave to face the unfamiliar and flexible to adapt to change. The only constant in life is change. Autumn reminds us of this and shows us that change can be beautiful. Leaves accept the changing of their appearance, peacefully surrender when it is time to fall, and trust that they will land safely. So, look to the trees and their leaves this time of year for the inspiration and courage to let go. 
 
All the tress are losing their leaves, and not one of them is worried. – Don Miller 
We all change colors and lose our leaves… then we bloom again. – Maria Lago 
 
Things to Try and Check Out
 
 
You do not need to go anywhere or have special equipment to practice mindfulness. Try some of these suggestions to practice in your daily life:
  • Cook or bake something you love, or skip the cooking and order takeout. Eat slowly and mindfullly, savoring the smells and tastes.
  • Try STOP. Stop what you are doing or are about to do. Take 3 mindful breaths. Observe what's happening inside you and around you.. Proceed mindfully with what you were doing or were about to do.
  • Go for a walk, find a local farmer's market, or visit a pumpkin patch. Notice how the air smells and feels on your skin. Don't forgot to wear your mask if others are nearby.
  • Sit by a fire and feel its warmth, or light some candles and watch the flames dance.
  • It is the perfect time of year to go for a drive and enjoy Mother Nature's beauty. Notice how many colors you see and other ways the landscape is changing. This is a great activity to do alone or with your family.
 
Here are some resources to check out to support your mindfulness practice:
 
 
 
The Importance of Play
 
The importance of play for children is well-documented. But, play is just as important for adults as it helps to reduce stress and improve overall well-being. According to Stuart Brown of the National Play Institute, play is “as unique to an individual as a fingerprint.” What one person enjoys can be very different from another. What play has in common for all of us is that it "offers a senses of engagement and pleasure, takes the player out of a sense of time and place, and the experience of doing it is more important than the outcome." While some people are naturally more playful than others, ALL of us are wired for play as humans.
 
Spend time thinking about how you played as a child (or how you wanted to play), and explore ways to enjoy these activities now as an adult. Consider how you are using social media and technology. Does your feed include playful pictures and messages that make you smile? If not, join groups and follow people who share these things. Limit how much negative media you read and watch, like the news. If you live with others, make time to play alone sometimes. All of us need to recharge our battery in our own way.
 
This year has thrown us a curveball. You may not be able to enjoy the usual activities that you consider play. Be creative and think of new ways to incorporate play into your life. Sing in the shower, dance while you are cooking, play the drums on coffee cans, or take that fun, online class (many are free or low-cost right now). Find ways to play every day, even if it is only for a few minutes. A little goes a long way! Find your inner child, and invite them to come out and play.
 
For more information on play, check out these resources:
 
In Case You Might Be Interested...
 
Sage Action Consulting can bring interactive virtual learning experiences to your team or organization to help them better deal with stress and anxiety. Some of these include:
  • Mindfulness & Movement (M&M) sessions
  • Get Mindful Series
  • What's Your MPG (Mindfulness, Play & Gratitude)?
  • Guided meditation sessions
  • Trauma-sensitive training for schools (meets PA Public School Code requirements to include training on trauma)
 
Sage Action Consulting can customize learning experiences to meet the specific needs of your group. Contact Denina at 724-513-0069 or denina@sageactionconsulting.com to disscuss your needs or click here to learn more. 
 
What participants are saying:
  • “BEST workshop of the whole conference!!!! Loved all the activities--especially dancing! Looking forward to doing the reflections. Denina’s energy was so infectious! We need this training right now more than ever!”
  • “Gave me the time to just slow down. It felt like the world just stopped moving around me. It was so great to experience that throughout each session.”
  • “So well put together and articulated with beautiful imagery and experiential exercises. Very knowledgeable presenter with great energy. Best presentation that I attended.” 
 
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