So the summer seems to be over! Finally we had a classic British summer and September is suddenly here, luckily for us it seems like the weather will hold just a little while longer.

In Chinese philosophy late summer is the time of the Earth element. It is that moment after the growth and activity of summer and before the autumn begins and the leaves and the light levels fall. The earth is the centre around which the other elements move. Now is the time when the fruit on the trees is just ready. The blackberries have grown, they`re ready and just waiting to be picked.

For me there`s just a sense right now of the calm before the storm. Before it all begins again, the kids go back to school and the seasons march onwards to Christmas(!).

So Just allow yourself a moment of reflection and gratitude, for the summer we had and what is about to arrive. I hope the stillness of these days leaves you feeling recharged and ready for the fun and games ahead.

 

Remember the breath is the still point in life. It is what brings you back to the present moment. Observing the in-breath and the out-breath and the gap in-between will help to create stillness and relaxation.

 

Try this basic Buddhist meditation

 

Find somewhere comfortable to sit, with your back reasonably straight and feet flat on the floor. Try and find somewhere without any distractions. Oh and put your phone on silent for 5 minutes.

 

Close your eyes and focus all of your attention on the nostrils.

 

Breath in. Notice the cool sensation of the air rushing in.

 

Observe any pause in the breath.

 

Breath out. Notice the warm air rushing out.

 

That`s it. Just try and be present with the breath. Focus your entire attention on these sensations. When your mind wanders bring it back to the task in hand, it’s just your monkey mind distracting you.

 

Keep breathing for a few minutes until you feel relaxed, have had enough or reach enlightenment (if you do, let us know).

 

That`s it! Enjoy the stillness of these days!

By Jeremy Marshall

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