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The Heart of September

The moon at dawn.

The moon at dawn.

At the end of each month, I publish my favorite articles from around the web, books, and resources – the ones that will help you live with more confidence, clarity, and ease.  Since I was busy as a bee this month, the list is shorter than usual, but still full of goodness.

Outstanding Articles

Cool Courses & Stuff

Busy As a Bee

I’ve been as busy as a bee this September.  Honestly, I miss the quiet, reflective time of August.  At the same time, I see the fullness as an opportunity to find moments of reflection and ease even in activity.

Here are three more ways busyness helps me to lead a better life:

  1. Busyness helps me recognize and respect my limits.
  2. Busyness encourages me to be more organized.
  3. Busyness inspires me to be more creative with the design of my life.

I’m not addicted to busyness by any means.  But, I’ve decided to make good use of it when it cycles through my life.

Living with Ease

It’s been so inspiring to see people embrace the stress relief tools and deep self-inquiry prompts offered in my Living with Ease course over the past 21 days.  There have been life changing moments plus more joy, laughter, and ease.  I’ll offer the next session in January, 2014.

How was your September?  What did you learn?

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  1. Thanks so much for including my blog on Vitamin N. Have you had your dose today? Going to get mine shortly when I walk the dog. Namaste. 🙂

    • I loved this article, Debbie. I always appreciate when science validates common sense! I have been out in a nature yet today, but I’ve enjoyed listening to the rain.

  2. Sandra, As always, I love your month end reflections. September raced by for me with four family birthdays, out of town company, and resuming my blog posts. I had many opportunities to practice staying grounded and in peace in the midst of chaos, activity, and some family drama! I am hoping for a less eventful October!

    • You’ve been active too! It’s always good practice, and fortunately life proceeds in cycles. I’m looking forward to a quieter October too.

  3. I, for one, am so glad to see October – fresh energy, wonderful season of abundance, and September kind of not so gently opened my heart (ultimately, this is “good” but while in it all I could do was breathe!).

    I *love* your insights on busyness! And, what a wonderful list of articles! Thank you for mentioning I Believe in Magic – it’s a fun and different way to learn about and practice presence in daily life…and because we had a session in September, I was able to still look for and celebrate *magic* even during the stretch!

    • Joy,

      Your experience of September reminds us that life has its ups and downs and what really counts is our attitude. Even the difficult times will fall away and a new month will dawn bringing fresh energy and a new opportunity. Thank you for inspiring us, Joy, by celebrating magic even while your stretched. Your classes are magical indeed!

  4. As always, I love your monthly round-ups, though I’m not sure I should thank you for the link to the bags. They are my weakness and I’m in love with the hobo bag.

    September was very busy for me, with one trip overseas and one around the state, and I still feel as if I am catching up. But the beginning of October is inspiring me to take stock of what I want to accomplish the rest of this year. Autumn is such a fine time to write!

    • Charlotte,

      I’m not a big advocate of consumerism, but I think it’s good to support artisans. So if you fail to resist, I understand and even think it’s good!

      Yes, I can imagine you are in rest mode after these big trips. I like the idea of taking stock at the beginning of October!

  5. Just love that Photo pure magic and the color of the sky- from Hawaii?
    I love your 3 busynesses I relate closely to 2 and 3
    thanks for the great sharings too
    Suzie xx

    • Hi Suzie,

      It was really a special moment that morning! Yes, this is in Hawaii on the Big Island.

      It was fun to reflect on how busyness can actually be a help, although I try to live more in a relaxed mode!

  6. Hi Sandra,

    Interestingly enough as you were writing your end of September post and how busy you’ve been, I did a last day of September post too precisely about how peaceful September was for me… in fact the most peaceful month of the year so far!
    I didn’t feel the need to become busy as at last I enjoyed some quietude in my working life which influenced my other areas.. I have dedicated more time to meditate and relax. Being offline is another good way to relax.
    I like what you say in the final part of your post that you’re making the most of your “busyness” when it cycles your life. I try to do the same but for now is time for focused quietness for me.

    Wishing you a fab October!!
    Tree Spirit 🙂

    • How lovely, Tree Spirit! I’m so delighted that you had a peaceful September and the trend is continuing. There’s much to be gained in quietude. Wishing you the perfect October.

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