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fall self-care, wisdom
October 26, 2019

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Happy October!

By the look of the red, yellow, and orange leaves already on the trees, it promises to be a beautiful fall in the North Country- a big show of color before we head into the white of winter.
Have you noticed how the sunshine has a different look and feel as summer gives way to autumn? It is lower in the sky, softer in its intensity. It signals to the natural world, of which we are all a part, that change is coming. In response, the innate wisdom of the plants and animals guides them to prepare for colder, sparser months ahead. Just as they adapt to nature's cycles, we, too, can appreciate and embrace the unique beauty and opportunities each season of life brings our way.

Here's What You'll Find in the Issue

1. Fall Self-Care
2. Your Innate Wisdom
3. Book review: Inspired: 7 Wisdoms of a Soul Inspired Life
4. Upcoming Affiliate Event: The Hay House HEAL Summit

I hope you enjoy this issue.

6 Fall Self-Care Tips

1. Connect with autumn energy by fully engaging your senses as you step outside or take walks in natural settings. Through your eyes, take in the sights, colors, the movements of the creatures. Listen to the birds talk, the wind, the crunching of leaves beneath your feet, children playing nearby. Notice how the air smells, feel the crisp wind, and the waning sunshine on your face. Immerse yourself in the experience. A study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology reports that just five minutes in nature could positively impact your well-being.
2. Enjoy seasonal foods - Eat apples, winter squash, hot stews, and warming spices.
3. If you enjoy aromatherapy, make a potpourri or diffuse essential oils of cinnamon, cardamom, sweet orange, clove, and/or pine.
4. Take a lesson from the trees- shed anything that no longer serves you. Declutter your mind and the messy areas of your home.
5. Listen to your mind and body. If they want to slow down or sleep more, create extra spaces for rest and relaxation. Adapt your exercise routine to suit the season.
6. Prepare your home for chilly weather - clean your chimney and heating vents, replace the furnace filter and smoke detector battery. Bring out your warm blankets and clothes.

Your Innate Wisdom

Wisdom is a word we don’t use much these days, and when we do, our understanding of it is usually at a surface level. That is a good place to start but to embody wisdom, to be wise, goes much deeper, all the way to the core of our being.

Wisdom is defined as the ability to employ knowledge, understanding, common sense, and insight when we think and act. It is associated with attributes such as benevolence, compassion, unbiased judgment, non-attachment, and transcending the ego-self. Learning to accept oneself, others, and circumstances beyond our control come with wisdom and maturity. Thinking before we speak or act, getting all the facts before forming opinions, being open to new ways of thinking and being, and treating others (in all forms) with the same respect and kindness we want for ourselves are signs of wisdom at work in our lives.

Interestingly, an old French word, sapience, derived from the Latin word sapientia, implies “good sense, intelligence, or wisdom”. Our species, named Homo sapiens, suggests that this ability to perceive and act wisely is inherent in our nature. As such, sages and spiritual masters have encouraged us to cultivate and express this higher nature as the dominant aspect of our authentic Self.

Book Review: Inspired: 7 Wisdoms of a Soul Inspired Life

Recently, I had the pleasure of connecting with Joy Taylor, author of Inspired: 7 Wisdoms of a Soul Inspired Life. While reading her book, I noticed that we teach many of the same concepts and that our books share the wisdom of some of the same ancient sages. How serendipitous is that!

Joy graciously agreed to read and endorse my book (coming soon!) Here’s what she had to say, “One Creation Under God is a comprehensive and well-researched gem! It will encourage you to live your best life in relationship with others by aligning with Spirit and the true nature of your soul…”

Joy’s book is also a treasure trove of wisdom. Inspired takes readers on a journey to living a happy, purposeful soul-inspired life. Ms. Taylor explains that when the soul leads, the talents and gifts of the personality are used in service to your purpose. Soul-led people are open to receiving, allow things to happen instead of trying to control them, and experience transformation on the inside. They have the courage to see their light and let it shine as they dance with their destiny.

The seven wisdoms are the keys to creating this purposeful life. Read more about these pearls of wisdom, take a look inside the book, and listen to Joy speak on wisdom #6 here.

Please share your thoughts and insights in the comments.

That's it for now. Fingers (and toes) crossed that I'll be sending you my book announcement in a few weeks!

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Until next time,
Wishing you a wonderful day filled with happiness and healing of mind, body and spirit.

Val Silver

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