Enchanted Keys

Week 38: Autumn Gift Registry

Greetings, Enchanted Journeyers! We are embarking on a new season again. I hope that you experienced a summer of special adventures in the extended light, hummingbirds, fireflies, and sand in your toes. I hope you rode a wave into the shore, felt the sun on your face, ate fresh strawberries, enjoyed baseball and had a BBQ.

In the Northern Hemisphere, autumn is tiptoeing around the corner and is set to arrive on Wednesday, September 22nd at 4:21am EDT.
For our friends in other regions, I invite you to apply the seasonal gift registry to your anticipated season.

I started the idea of a 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.

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. 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. For me, I hear a crackling fire, leaves and twigs that snap under my boots and the chimes clanging in the strong winds.
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.

Taste the season. See above to match the smells. 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.

Autumn ends as winter begins this year on Dec. 21 at 11:48pm EST. 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.

Thank you to Aaron Noll for this beautiful photograph.

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