Fall is one of my favorite seasons. It makes me smile to see the changes in my environment. The tomatoes are less big and juicy and dwindling in numbers now. The cucumbers are done and the raspberries and strawberries have completed their cycles, even the late baring ones are done. The pumpkins are as orange as they are going to get and I am almost ready to cut the cords and let them sit a bit. My outside world of heat and sunshine is shutting down and a new cycle is getting ready to begin. Except this year there appears a bit of overlap and instead of cleaning up the beds and putting them to sleep there is still some growth owing to this weird weather. It is late summer of is it fall?
I really like when we have weather in the 70’s with a bit of wind and sunshine. I like the feeling of the clean, fresh air blowing through my hair and tickling my nose. I also like when the leaves begin to turn, orange, yellows, reds and browns. When the wind blows the leaves around it makes me smile. As if an invisible force were playing with them.
I find this is a good time to begin looking inside and getting my house ready for me, as I spend a lot of time indoors in contemplation in the colder months. I like to surround myself with warm colors and textures. This is the time to inspect the lights to insure they are bright enough to read by or dream in. I also need lots of comfortable spaces, as I like to move around and feel and think different thoughts from different perspectives. I enjoy making my conjectures about the future from different angles both physical and spiritual. It is also fun to review the year and revel in my successes and remind myself of the wonderful new things I learned from my blunders.
I have great gratitude that I have the kind of life that allows me the time and space to practice mindfulness, think my precious thoughts, make my fun lists and fantasize about my future.
I have found my thoughts have changed so much over the last 5 years. I have calmed down and let go of the stress and limiting beliefs that kept me up at night and unable to concentrate for more than 20 minutes at a time. I am able to focus on one thing at a time and really give it my attention without thoughts of other things that need to get done, intruding. I find that I trust myself, I believe in myself. I know I will get done what needs to be done and I will do it well. I have let go of the stress.
This happened for me through self-hypnosis. I am a 7th Path Self-Hypnosis practitioner and teacher. I have practicing this self-hypnosis since 2010. It is so simple and easy to practice and it has brought major shifts into my life.
I was one of those who found meditation almost impossible to practice for any length of time. My mind wandered so much. I had so many fantasies and physical discomforts. Everyone kept telling me to just stick with it and go with the flow. I tried, I really did, but, it didn’t ever get better for me.
So imagine how surprised I was to find that 7th Path Self-Hypnosis resonated with me. The words kept me engaged and focused. Of course, not at first but it didn’t take long and the feelings, sensations, pictures, thoughts became more and more focused. It never felt as if I was doing it wrong. Whatever happened felt right and I could own it as, “my way”. At no time did I feel like a failure as I had when trying so hard to meditate. I thought I must not be very spiritual but with 7th Path those thoughts just don’t come up. In fact I find I do think of myself as “spiritual”.
So, for me, the process was gradual and then intense and then easy and comfortable and then intense and sometimes just warm and fuzzy. I find that I use 7th Path a lot of different ways. Sometimes as a meditation, sometimes as a way to calm down and better understand what it is that I am telling myself that is causing the discomfort. At other times I use it as hypnosis. Frequently I use it as I am falling asleep and often when I wake up in the middle of the night. I love it. It is my own special companion on this wonderful, life journey.