Key 9: Nature Seasons

Autumn Gift Registry 2016

Autumn Gift Registry 2016 is here! This is where you get to gift yourself with wonderfulness during the whole upcoming season.

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SAYING GOODBYE TO SUMMER

Greetings, Enchanted Journeyers! We are into a new season again. I hope that you experienced a summer of special adventures in the extended light, time with your friends, laughter around the summer fire pit, a clambake on the beach, the freedom of bare toes and sunlight through trees. Did you try heirloom tomatoes with olive oil drizzled on them? How about ice cream cones with a double scoop of your favorite flavors?

A NEW SEASON HAS ARRIVED

In the Northern Hemisphere, autumn  tiptoed in on Thursday, September 22nd at 10:21am EDT. For our friends in other regions, I invite you to apply the seasonal gift registry to your anticipated season.

SEASONAL GIFT REGISTRY

I started the idea of a Seasonal Self Gift Registry at the beginning of each season. The gifts are experiential and earn you as many Enchanted Keys as possible. Here’s how it works: You set aside some time to quiet yourself and meditate on the upcoming season. Make it ten to twenty minutes. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures of the season. Then you schedule moments to experience these things on the calendar so you feel abundant at the close of the season. Grant yourself Enchanted Keys: Mindfulness, Altered Perceptions, Journaling, Sensory Experiences, Reduced Clutter, Humor, Movement, Art, Nature, and Meditation.

THE MEDITATION

Meditation: Find a comfortable position. (Preferably at the base of a tree.) Take a few deep, cleansing breaths and exhale fully. As your physical body relaxes, envision fall.

SIGHTS OF THE SEASON

See pumpkins, gourds, hay bales, tri-colored corn in their dried husks, barrels of apples, and acorns on the ground. Let your sense-memory shift to the sounds of fall that bring you joy, laughter or peace.

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON

For me, I hear a crackling fire, leaves and twigs that snap under my boots and the chimes clanging in the strong winds. What are your favorite sounds of the season?

SCENTS OF THE SEASON

Drift to the smells of the season. Mulled hot apple cider with sticks of cinnamon, chocolate pumpkin bread, smoky, roasted corn and root vegetables, along with fragrant herbs simmering in my soup pot are among my favorites. What does autumn smell like to you?

TASTES OF THE SEASON

Taste the season. See above to match the smells. Of course pumpkin anything is the flavor du jour.

TEXTURES OF THE SEASON

Textures feel like sticky, warm marshmallows browning in a campfire, soft, sage leaves rubbed between my fingers and brittle-edged oak leaves that have plucked themselves from the trees. Tweed and corduroy mingle with jute and hemp.

MAKE PLANS FOR THE SEASON

Autumn will end as winter begins this year on Dec. 21 at 5:44am EST, so make your plans now and keep them. Take yourself to the end of the season and consider what you will have missed if you don’t experience it. Then make a plan to do those things. Schedule them on your calendar or the Dragons will make you forget you ever dreamt of them.

Please post your comments about what’s on your calendar to savor. You may spark beautiful memories for another Journeyer with your sharing.

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