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As I sit and tune into the energy of this time of transition I am aware of a feeling of back-and-forth within me. Like a little stutter step.
As much as I enjoy Fall and all it brings, I am sad to see Summer go. I find myself evaluating, ‘well, it is still quite warm, I can still play outside… but there is the feeling of an ending. I can feel it in my body. For me this brings up two things, hence the stutter step –’ do I rush to cram in all the things I either didn’t get to this summer or the things I didn’t get enough of?’ Or ‘Do I pull out the sweater box and start getting excited about what to wear as the weather changes?’
Of course, life is multifaceted and I do a little of both…and I like noticing the little stutter step inside.
I like giving my attention to what my body is telling me. I am a mover so I find the open floor in my house and follow this back and forth feeling. Eyes closed, body jerking, I let this roll through me, noticing both a little sadness and excitement. I ride this as it grows in intensity and erratic, releasing movements. Staying present to the back-and-forth, the breath, the surrender to these movements radiating from core to limbs. I begin to find images of endings and beginnings and feel a lightening in my arms, a new spaciousness in my shoulders, chest and breath. I stay with this, like a leaf falling from the hold of it’s limb, lilting it’s way to the ground. I enjoy the playful easy feeling thing brings, spacious, light and joyful. I stay with this until it quiets and settles. I am restful now. I notice a new ease, a new presence, a new spaciousness in me. The back-and-forth feeling has transformed. My eyes see the blue of the sky and the sun on the changing leaves crisply. I am more present, my head feels clear, I am settled differently than where I began.
I am excited for my day and the transition this time offers. I feel richer and more full as I take time for this little embodied awareness break. I am reminded of the nuance and pleasure that comes when I give myself the 15-20 minutes this inside-out dance with life invites every day. Today I take my meditation to the body.