“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.” ~Henry Miller
There’s nothing more intoxicating than the scents and hues of an autumn afternoon. But many people don’t take time to notice fall…until the trees are bare and the leaves are crunchy, brown and packed in lawn bags ready for the trash.
If you’ve got a few minutes today–even if it’s on your lunch hour, try to take a walk outside. If you’re lucky enough to have the day off, don’t waste every second doing laundry and scrubbing the bathtub. Instead, soak up a little bit of life, will you? Set aside at least thirty minutes to go outside for some exercise and fresh air, observing as many details as you can. Pay attention to the scenery and try to reflect on what you saw. This way, when the day gets busy and people start barking requests, you don’t have to stress; you just close your eyes, breathe deeply and remember the red and yellow splotched leaves strewn across the lawns, the brisk wind that sends pungent pine cones tumbling through the streets, or that sweet, spicy aroma of mulled cider bubbling on someone’s stovetop.
Today, I remember the brown pears that had fallen from my neighbor’s pear tree, only to be smashed and splattered by tires. A trail of pulverized pears isn’t exactly something you’d think of as beautiful, but the fruity scent that lingered in the air left me…how should I say it? Happy.
Here’s my autumn art project for you (I am in no way a kindergarten teacher, but I do give you permission to act like a kid and get creative): Got an empty wine bottle? Don’t throw it away. Now that you’ve finished the vino, you can drink in the splendor of this beautiful season by bottling up some of the scenery: broken pine cones, colorful leaves, acorns and even a few fall spices you’ve got in your cupboard: cloves, all spice, cinnamon sticks, star anise, etc. Anything that makes you smile and reminds you of fall is perfect to put inside your bottle, jar or jug. Try this activity to help fill any void you may experience due to lack of a job, money, significant other or anything else that makes you feel sad, anxious or empty.
I used to be in constant work mode. I panicked and freaked out over everything. But now, when I start to go slightly batty from sitting in front of my computer screen (we all have our moments), I take just a step back and go outside to chill.
Sometimes, my waterfall to-do lists and messages on my blinking BlackBerry just have to wait.