In my life I’ve found it to be a helpful practice to pay attention to the cycles of the year and to follow the lead of the natural world. Watching the outer world change can give us guidance and insights into our own lives. At this time of year here in Santa Fe, after a last show of brilliance many of the trees have lost their leaves, with bare branches reaching starkly toward the vast New Mexico sky. And they will stand this way throughout the winter until warmth and sunshine bring new life and growth once again. To me, they stand as an example of graceful non-resistance, of allowing the process of change and letting go to happen in its own time.

With the weather turning colder, it’s the perfect time to focus our efforts inward – to look at our inner and outer lives and see what we are holding onto that is no longer serving our best interest. Is it time to go through your closet and give away clothes that are in perfect shape but you no longer wear? Or are there books that you’ve moved beyond that might be just what someone else needs to read? Has your calendar gotten so full that there is no time for doing things that are important and meaningful to you?

If you are feeling drawn to a more peaceful and purposeful life, it may be time to consider simplifying your life in some way. Like the tree letting go of its leaves, it may be time to let go of some things or activities or even beliefs that you have been holding onto and which you have outgrown. Clearing space, physically, mentally or emotionally, allows for something new and vibrant and surprising to enter your life. Give yourself the gift of time this month to clear away the old to make way for the new, and celebrate the freedom and clarity it brings!

Join me and the amazing and supportive women of TTN Santa Fe Chapter at an event or monthly program this month!

“When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar.” 
― Victoria Moran
—Ellen Wetzel