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7 Powerful Mindfulness Tips Useful for Times of Transition

Erratic temperatures and a changing landscape accompany the fall season. One day it’s warm. The next it’s blustery. One day the trees are covered with intensely colored leaves. The next they’re bare. Change and variety are abundant. The swirling leaves accentuate the feelings within. With all the tumult, how do we engage in mindfulness?

Do transitions and uncertainty have you feeling unsettled? For me, the churning I see outside mirrors what I’m experiencing inside. During these times, being mindful and open helps me feel centered and grateful. If you're feeling stressed by the season and upcoming holidays keep reading. You'll discover ways to shift your focus to help you feel more energized, mindful, and grateful


1. Connect

The season of gatherings and parties is here. I’m looking forward to going to and hosting many events from birthdays to Thanksgiving to dinner parties and more. I enjoy hosting as much as being a guest. I’m grateful for the face-to-face time celebrating and hanging out with family and friends. My heart feels full and grateful being around those that I love.


2. Dance

There’s nothing quite like dancing to any type of music (live or recorded) that makes me feel alive. The other night my husband and I went to a dance party, where a favorite band, Zydegroove, was playing. Not only did we enjoy hours of dancing, but we also got to hear great music and see wonderful friends. Surprisingly it was my face that hurt (not my legs) from all the hours of smiling. Dancing was joy and smile inducing.


3. Look

Whether it’s the red and orange leaves, the morning light streaming in through the windows, or my blue violet office area, I’m drawn to color in its variety of hues. My eyes are delighted, and my heart beats more quickly when I stop to soak in the visual beauty that abounds.


4. Touch

While I’m not thrilled about wearing extra layers or bundling up, I am enjoying the textures of the wonderfully cozy blankets, velveteen gloves, and super soft sweaters that get layered on these days to keep me warm. I literally enjoy feeling my way through the season.


5. Write

For the writers among us, I know you appreciate the value of the blank page. This fresh canvas gives us a place to sort, share, challenge, and question. In times of pain, happiness and everything in between, we have the written word as our source of solace. As a journal writer, turned author and blogger, I'm grateful for this form of expression to share and connect both with myself and with all of you.


6. Learn

Education comes in many forms such as life lessons, conversations, or more traditional learning. Recently, I took a few social media courses. I attended Melanie Duncan’s Pinterest online webinar with a self-study component, and Lisa Kaslyn’s Content Marketing in person course at a local venue, Watercooler. Both were affirming (of what I already knew) and valuable (what I want to learn.) I appreciated these opportunities to expand my thinking and feel invigorated.


7. Explore

Whether I’m reading a new book, like Alina Tugend’s Better By Mistake, checking out a blog post such as Karla Jennings“10 Adorable Characteristics Happy People Have”, or gathering with colleagues, considering other ideas and perspectives develops new connections in my brain. This past weekend, I spent several hours with veteran NAPO professional organizer colleagues. We discussed ethical, organizing, and business challenges and successes. We told stories and supported each other over the sudden loss of one of our industry leaders and mentors, Angela Wallace, who will be deeply missed. Especially important in times of loss and sadness, idea exploring and sharing creates those ah-ha moments and life affirming sparks.


Being human means living in a state of flux. We can let this unnerve us, or instead, we can embrace our moments with energy, openness, and gratitude. How do you engage in mindfulness? Come join the conversation.

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Reader Comments (23)

linda, I have no great wisdom here to impart other than to say your writing is so lovely. It truly transports me. keep on writing so we can all feel your magic. xo

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie Josel

Leslie- Don't sell yourself short, my friend. I've experienced first hand your wisdom and expertise. Remember the interview we did when you shared your ideas about motivation? And that was just ONE conversation! Here's the reminder:

I'm grateful for your support. I appreciate your encouraging words.

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Beautiful post with energizing and refreshing ideas! Might I add the "basics" of drink plenty of water and get rest?

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Love the ways you physically embrace change! I love being mindful of the beauty of change and how the encourages us to personally take the next step.

Wishing you a very mindful and joyful holiday season!

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

What can I say, every one of your tips are great. So easy to get your mind on track using these tips. Getting awareness of every moment, we can enjoy and embrace them, the idea is having a life full good moments.

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

I love your optimism - it just OOZES yet I can tell it is sincere. It is definitely nice to put on soft sweaters and other warm clothes, though I'm thankful I don't yet need my big parka!

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Seana- Great addition. I personally appreciate the reminder about "basics"…especially drinking more water. As of late, I've been falling down in that department and my body and skin feels the difference. Thank you for the gentle nudge.

@Ellen- What a lovely phrase, "the beauty of change." Talk about reframing a perspective in a positive way…wow! Very powerful. Thank you for your holiday wishes. And of course, wishing you and your wonderful crew a joy-filled season too.

November 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Nacho- These are tips that work well for me, but I'm sure that you've got others to add to the mix. I pulled these from what I noticed just this week. But each day offers up gifts and surprises, doesn't it?

@Janet- You're so funny. Thank you for making me smile. I'm with you about the "big parka." I don't even own one because I just can't move in it. I'm so short that if I put on a parka it makes me feel like a big ball. So instead, I layer, wrap, and drink lots of hot beverages.

November 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Such a great post, Linda. I embrace all of the above, practically everyday, with the exception of dancing, lol. But my dancing shoes are always ready, and there are weddings galore on the horizon.

Sometimes, we engage in these actions subconsciously. You point out very essential cues that can wake us up. Thank you for helping us to be more mindful of daily "influencers" that are right in front of us. For me the "looking" is the strongest igniter to my mindfulness. I "connect" to nature in a very internal way and that inspire me to "explore, " learn," and "write."

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Borg

Thank you Linda, your posts always lift my spirits, whether or not I felt they needed lifting. :)

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

@Nancy- Glad to know you're an active embracer…and that you have your dancing shoes ready, just in case. Go Nancy! As you observed, if we're awake to the cues, there are so many ways to experience mindfulness through our daily doings. I got your Tweet and am looking forward to reading your post tomorrow. Be sure to email me the link.

@Jill- Thank you for the lovely feedback about lifting spirits. I'm grateful that you're here. You're an essential part of our community.

November 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Such a beautiful post. And I love the image of you smiling until it hurts! Dancing is often a metaphor I use to describe how we handle transitions - steps forward, steps back, sidesteps twirls and maybe a stumble. Each step has meaning and purpose in the whole of the dance.

November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDenise Lee

Denise- It's funny, isn't it? Enjoying yourself so much that your mouth hurts from too much smiling. It could be worse, yes? I love your dancing/transitions metaphor. I definitely did all of the above including getting distracted and temporarily losing the rhythm. There's also a trust piece involved with dancing, especially when it's couples dancing. You have to trust yourself and feel the rhythm of your partner so that you can trust them too. There's a lot of letting go, which as you said all come together to create a larger meaning or experience.

November 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Many of these work for me. What's difficult is to remember what works if I allow myself to get hyped up about "the holiday season." I keep a small, written reminder (colorful, of course) of my strategies.

What I've found so helpful is to live more slowly, to be more aware of time passing, so that I ask myself: am I doing what I want to be doing right now. The power of the pause.

I love how so many of your strategies are creatively oriented. It seems this would also help one think creatively during these busy holiday times- or during any shift or transition. Tapping into my creative thinking (with respect to handling busy holiday times) came out of a coaching session years ago in my coach training. What a gift.

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSue West

Sue- What a great idea to keep a small, written (colorful) reminder close at hand to remind you of what "Sue" needs to keep grounded, especially during busy times like the holidays. Two lovely gifts in particular you offer up: slow down and take a pause. These are gems. You reminded of a post I wrote a few years ago (around this time of year) that talks about the pause and it's restorative nature.

Here's the link:

November 20, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Linda your writing is so inspiring and with your love for entertaining, being a guest, and dancing I just wished we lived close by! :-) I completely relate to that joy and how recharging it feels to host and have friends around. These, coupled with writing a journal, are the things that help me walk through transitions. Lovely post. Thank you!

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHelena Alkhas

Helena- I wish we lived close to one another too. I know we'd have a fabulous time doing things together. Instead, for now I'll just have to settle for hanging out with you virtually and enjoying your company this alternate way.

You've often talked and written about the importance of your family and friends. I know how much energy you receive from having a warm, loving community surround you. I didn't know that you also were a journal writer. Also like you, I find that writing helps "me walk through transitions."

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love how you uncover the sensual nature of the cold, dark, and contemplative season we're in the process of entering. The rich, warm textures, the smells of winter flavors, the sound of the wind and rain falling and the pen on paper, the warm glow of candles, and the whisper of insights flashing through the quiet of our mind. I love your writing and the way you think Linda. Always a pleasure. xoxo

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYota Schneider

Seanna, that is something I do enough of is drink water. That is on my list of new priorities, thanks for the reminder.

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

Loved your description in #4. This last statement:

"I literally enjoy feeling my way through the season."

... made me stop and think about so many things...including my favorite blanket. =) We get so caught up sometimes that we forget about the simple things. Thanks for the reminder to be more mindful. =)

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeb Lee

@Yota- You're the mindfulness expert and always teach me so much about it's meaning. I really appreciate your encouraging feedback. I could feel, hear, smell, and see the images as you crafted them for us to enjoy.

@Jill- I too don't drink nearly enough water. But thanks to Seana, I've been doing a bit better. Taking a sip right now. (gulp)

@Deb- So you've got a favorite blanket too? I'm all for soft and cozy. It puts the joy in "cold" for me. And yes… there is so much to be found in the simple things. They are right in front of us, if we're able to pause to engage.

Wonderful "hearing" all your amazing voices!

November 20, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I can get a little blue this time of year as well. I took a mindfulness based mediation class a few years ago and found it beneficial. Recently, when I'm having trouble focusing before writing, I simply plant my feet on the floor in front of me, close my eyes, and take a few deep, slow breaths. It's grounding and a good place to start.

Exercise, too, is a great way to clear out the cobwebs.

Great post as always, Linda.

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlys Milner

Alys- Do you find the changes in the light (more dark, less daylight) contribute to feeling "blue?" I find that I've become more sensitive to light as I've gotten older. I seem to crave brightness it in a way I don't remember doing when I was younger. So this time of year feels more sombre.

I love the focusing technique you use before writing, if you're feeling challenged. It's so simple and deliberate. Wonderful too that exercise also helps you gain clarity and "clear out the cobwebs." How fabulous that you've figured out strategies that work for you.

November 20, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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