I have always found November to be a rather exciting month. It is a month of change. Regardless of which hemisphere you might live in, the trees are either actively budding and growing leaves, or the leaves are full of color, swirling and blowing in the winds, and coming to rest and blanket the face of our beloved Mother Earth.
Here in the northern hemisphere, the trees will be bare by the end of November, and in more than just a few areas, snow will replace those days of rain, umbrellas will be put away and winter coats and boots will be sitting by the door waiting for their next trip outside.
November also signals the start of the holidays, starting with Thanksgiving…which happens to be my absolute favorite holiday! October ends on a spirited, fun-filled day and night of Halloween, and casts us headlong into the month of November, where we will set our clocks back, cast our vote for our chosen candidate (dance a jig that THAT is over!), and begin our preparation for family fun, family time, family dinner, family gifts, family laughs, family stress, etc., etc.
November is about maintaining balance. This year finds November more volatile energetically than usual. Believe it when you hear people talking about the stresses of this election and how it is effecting folks far and wide…even outside our precious homeland. And don’t forget, this has been going on for over a whole year! The mudslinging, name calling, back biting, and constant negative media coverage spawns a wasteland of pessimistic, gloomy, nasty, repugnant and recusant conditions. The upside is the brouhaha over the eventual outcome should begin to subside by Black Friday, when thoughts of holiday shopping begin to come to the forefront of people’s minds.
While the moon is continuing to grow its light, take this time to begin creating what will be lasting memories. (Not like this election season. But GOOD ones!) November will continue to be negatively chaotic for the first couple of weeks. However, by the 15th, you should begin to notice a gentle shifting of energies as attention begins to turn towards the idea of hearth and home, friends and family, good food and good times, nurturing smells and happy memories, joy and laughter. With this gentle shifting of energies, you may experience an uplifting in spirit and energetic vitality. You may notice a little more courtesy extended by those around you, and given graciously by yourself.
Finding and maintaining balance throughout the month of November may at times seem challenging. But you can restore, revive and infuse that balance back into your life.
- If you have found yourself having less patience with family and friends, take yourself on a little holiday. Whether its to a hot bath, steam room, hotel across town, up north or down south, give yourself a break. Take time to recharge in a way that will quiet your mind and nourish your soul…reconnecting to your Being, your Self, your inner Wisdom.
- Meditate, contemplate or ponder those things that really make you happy…no one else, just you. Whether it is a good meal, movie, book, music, art, hiking, biking, swimming, yoga or simply just being present, witness how you feel as you think about it. Then determine how you will bring more of it into your life…if not now, next year.
- Recognize those in your life that add something special to your day, your thoughts, or your overall attitude. Allow yourself to deeply feel the emotion, compassion or tenderness you have for that person; allow it to fill your senses, and to fill you up emotionally…giving you strength.
- Read a familiar book, poem, quote or story that helps remind you of your place of center or inspiration. Hearing or witnessing words that have inspired you in the past can often renew or rekindle that same spirit within you, often leading you further faster.
- Make it a holiday and everyday goal to reach out and help those who are less fortunate than you. Give what you can. Something is better than nothing…and it doesn’t have to be a monetary donation. Give of yourself, your time, your attention, your consideration, your encouragement, your kindness and smile. Take the time to recognize others.
“How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.
At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow.”
– Elsie N. Brady, Leaves