Autumn Silence

Grant yourself permission to be free of distractions and go within for a while.

Fall Leaves

I must begin by thanking you for meeting me here and for creating space in your life to sit and spend some time with me.  This blog will be dedicated to my experience with energy and how it interacts with simple day-to-day life.  After all, life is defined as the presence of energy in its many intricate and brilliantly complex forms.  I am just a traveler and observer here, carving out and exploring the many beautiful ways in which to live my life to its fullest.

I post this on the eve of the beginning of Autumn ~ arguably my favorite season of the year. I have a hard time deciding what my favorite season is because I find such immense depth and beauty in each…but there is something special about Autumn in Western New York as the energy of the Earth begins to turn inward again. This time of year signifies hundreds of Canada Geese adults teaching their babies how to fly in their V-formations preparing for the flight southward, their large bodies and loud honk-honking piercing the sky every morning at sunrise and every evening at dusk. The bald eagles are returning with regular consistency to fish on the lake now the boat traffic and vacationers have found shelter elsewhere. This time of year signifies pulling on two layers and excavating our bins of hats, gloves, scarves, and fleece (boy do I love fleece) for the upcoming winter season. This is also the Soul Sisters’ time of the year (I’ll mention them in subsequent postings) to reconvene after a busy summer of shuttling children, grandchildren, vacations, jobs, and Summer house guests.

I find the most striking significance of Autumn for me, though, is the return of silence now that my daughter Emily is back in school. Emily’s absence is deafening to me and I miss her. The Mills’ house is not a busy house by some comparisons, but the ever-increasing Summer lineup offers up a plateful of continuous activity including events to go to, workshops to teach, sessions to schedule, travelers we gladly nurture and feed, and gardening projects needing tended to (not that they always are tended, but at least the intention to tend is there). Above all else, my favorite Summer activity is having quiet time with my daughter.

I am now given large drifts of silent time by myself.

Sure, I celebrate working from home and having my dependable schedule back on track for clients and time for me and for the dogs, but the lack of noise and constant activity can be unsettling at times for me. But please do not let my boo-hooing fool you. This silence provides sweet opportunity. There are many advantages including having time to answer emails and phone calls within an appropriate timeframe and here we are…the creation of one more layer of The Energy Experience…a blog!  Believe it or not I actually crave silence. I crave stillness. A colleague of mine recently laughed herself silly while we were in Phoenix for training when I told her I am quite introverted. It is true. For all of my Yang-oriented activity I need even more Yin-oriented activity. I take a turn on Introvert Avenue and here I unearth thoughts buried during busier times, I start to write again and formulate ideas for workshops and projects, and make time for the ever-growing stack of unread books and articles next to my bed.  I’m a Libra. It is all about balance. I find my downtime is very much needed after the very Yang-oriented Summer season.

Here is my message: I am not alone. I encourage you to silence yourself as often as you can and listen.  Grant yourself permission to be free of distractions and go within for a while. Silence is vitally important to us now more than ever as our hurried world of 24-hour news and media onslaught pummel us with more information daily than my grandmother’s generation received within their entire lifetime. We are distracted by Tweets, Facebook status updates, wireless technology, iPods, MP3 players, video games, and cell phones with capabilities now more advanced than my brain most of the time! As the seasons take yet another ancient turn, celebrate quiet spaces when you are given them, albeit however brief they may be. Allow your brain chatter to quiet as much as possible and breathe. Pay close attention to what your soul tells you. See what you learn about yourself. Remember you are also inherently designed for IN-activity. For those of you out there who are Type A schedulers – Tweet, type, update, and good Lord & Lady use a pencil to write some quiet time in for yourself.

Personally, I am so looking forward to the promise of another beautiful fall foliage season and for sharing meals, quiet gatherings with my family, and time with friends and Soul Sisters as we circle around our bonfire with wool (or fleece) blankets wrapped snuggly around legs, fingers wrapped warmly around our of coffee, and our hearts wrapped softly around one another’s lives.

Until next time, I offer these words of wisdom for better or for worse. Please take them with a grain of salt, for we each live our own individual truths. Our mission while we are here is to understand, accept, and celebrate that one very simple, but incredibly significant fact. For all this I am grateful.

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