an entire week of november has already passed, and we pretty much find ourselves in the middle of the month in just a few days. how is that possible?
if october was the gorgeous month of autumn here in the nordic countries, then november is the cozy one. just as it is supposed to be, in my opinion. the weather has taken a turn for the “worse”. clouds and rain and darkness. we lose at least over an hour every week. as of today, sunset is at 15:20/3:20 PM. crazy, huh?
the darkness, though, lends itself to creating the perfect atmosphere for contemplation and inner work. for practicing being in the present moment. and, i’ve come to realize, that that is exactly what this entire autumn season is turning out to be for me. in fact, i predict that as we close out 2015, i will continue in this slow, intentional, present moment pattern that has made up this entire year.
i have made a turn, though, and i know that i am in the midst of a transition period… moving from this period of adjusting and soaking in, to beginning to break forth from my year-long hibernation, into a fully-awake, fully-energized bear.
that’s right, next year it’s full speed ahead for me and i am gathering all my energy to take it on!
and even though i know that i moving toward that, it is still an intentional, slow process of waking up. an intentional focus on living slowly + simply + in the moment.
of course, my love’s fight for an eating disorder-free life has also practically “helped” in slowing us down. something that i am finding peace in, though, and knowing that this is exactly where we need to be right now. home. focused. internal. slow. simple. fighting from the inside in a calculated, intentional way.
in keeping with my cozy, dark, nesting theme, this weekend i went to my second life coach training weekend out in the countryside of sweden. you can read about my first weekend .. here. friday afternoon, i took the bus about 2 hours from home and immersed myself into my little life coach bubble with 23 others.
as if perfectly aligned by the universe, the weekend’s focus was embracing the here + now. it was activity after conversation after activity of reflecting on who we are right now, what we want in life right now, how to make that happen right now, and grounding ourselves in the present moment.
it may sound very self-focused, but, you know, you have to start with yourself first. only when you know who you are from deep within, can you begin to truly teach and coach and inspire others.
i have sooooo many gold nuggets of wisdom and motivation to share with you all, but i have got to let it all sink in. so, expect at least one more post about this past weekend, as i gather together my thoughts and process all that i experienced.
you can probably count on another post that will pose some questions for you to answer – and share on your blog or Facebook or wherever. the stuff i am learning is that good. i just am dying to share it with you!! but, i’m going to be slow and intentional and not rush things. so, can you just be patient and hold on? i promise i’ll share more!
what i can tell you is what we did. we listened. and talked. and cried. we ate well and drank coffee or tea. we talked a lot more. we wrote and pondered. we did qigong. we meditated. we chanted. we lay on the floor. we listened to the messages of the universe. we danced to YMCA and swedish hip hop and techno music. we had a drum circle. we marveled at nature. we connected with each other. we set intentions.
on this very gray, dark, chilly monday morning back at home, i find myself so inspired and energized and motivated. what possibilities i see before me! how unbelievably grateful i am.
my friends, from the bottom of my soul, i wish you peace for this week. i wish you motivation and acceptance of wherever you find yourself + in whatever you face. sending you all of the love + light that i can muster.