3 Fall Meditations to Relax, Release, and Settle into the Season
The transition from summer to fall can be a bit jarring. You’re used to living on island time, even if you’ve been working. You come home, go the pool, take a long walk, or sit outside with your family. Then fall hits with all of its demands. The kids are back in school. You have to get up earlier. And you have to actually get back into a schedule. You might also notice your stress levels start to increase. Reduce stress and overwhelm with these fall meditation tips.
The Carpool Lane Meditation
If you have kids, it can seem like there’s never time to schedule in meditation. What you can do is sneak in shorter meditations throughout your day. If you have to pick your child up from school, try the carpool lane meditation. Arrive a few minutes early and park your car in the carpool line. Turn off the music, close your eyes, and meditate. If you know it’s 15 minutes until dismissal, set the timer on your phone.
You can also sneak in meditation time during your kids’ activities. Do your kids play soccer? Watch part of the practice and for the other part, sit in your car and meditate. During the karate or piano lesson, instead of playing on your phone or talking with the other parents, take 15 minutes to meditate. When you do this, you’ll find you’re more patient with your family and your day will run smoother. Below is a meditation for your crazy carpooling day.
In this meditation, you will bring to mind all of the things you get to do throughout your day. Remember, the key words here are “get to do.” Often, you may wrapped up in so many “have to’s,” especially in family life, that you forget to put into perspective that all of these things are blessings.
- As you close your eyes to meditate, bring to mind everything on your to do list. Scan through everything—the kids’ activities, your activities, volunteer responsibilities, even grocery shopping, and say silently to yourself, “I’m grateful that I get to do these things.”
- Hold in your heart gratitude for the blessings of all of the activity in your life.
- Ask yourself: What no longer brings you joy? If certain activities no longer feel joyful, commit to letting them go or delegating them to someone else.
During these meditation breaks, throughout your day, strive for present-moment awareness. Pretty soon you’ll find that you’re the happiest mom or dad in the bunch because you’re more relaxed and enjoying the moment.
The Fall Leaves Meditation
Nature runs in cycles and every bit of it is perfectly orchestrated. The beauty of fall is undeniable. Yet, sometimes you may let it fly by without fully appreciating the changing colors and crisp air. Spending time outdoors is a natural stress reliever and meditating in nature helps synchronize your biorhythms.