An Autumn Blessing


When my friend Cinda handed me this shell, she said, "This is a reminder for you to stay open to possibilities."

How had she known I needed to hear those words?

Now the shell is fastened to the tiny kitchen counter in our camper. It holds small items that need a place before we head out the next morning—a ring or watch, loose coins, a scribbled address for a new outing.

It also holds Cinda's blessing—that daily, no matter what, possibility surrounds us as we step out into the world—that this adventure is more a journey of faith and trust than anything else.

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Calming Practice: Autumn Meditation

Step outside.

Walk around your garden or neighborhood.

What is changing?

Open up your senses, and let autumn in.

Notice any resistance.

Do your best to welcome the changes.

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NANCY G. SHAPIRO

FINDING CALM IN THE MIDST OF CHANGE