October is generally hell month for me in the Fall academic cycle. For me and my students it means that big papers are due and the time to dedicate to finishing, editing, revising, and submitting them is like sand through a sieve. I try to salvage what I can through moments of harried but focused concentration, catching little pieces before all spills to the ground, so to speak.

I am also much grumpier than usual (ask my husband!)  and can physically feel the tightness in my chest. My allergies go haywire even while medicated, my hair goes unbrushed as I fly out the door rushing toward the day ahead. Overwhelmed, keeping above water, breathing while pushing through–these are the feelings shown through my clenched jaw and tight shoulders.

Mindfulness practice is a resource that I should be accessing daily, deliberately and consistently. So, I’m writing this to re-commit myself to the practice because it has gone to the wayside. This summer, I dedicated days and hours to the practice. Gobs of time to sit, think, connect, contemplate…but that was summer and this is fall. That was then and this is now.

Seasons change, I realize, but that connection I felt, I experienced and the presence of the Presence is always with me.

I remember…

So, this fall season I will actually read the mindfulness practice resources that come through my inbox. Twenty minutes of Centering Prayer was recommended in the last instructive email I received. Centering Prayer for the morning time and evening. More structure helps me to not have to think of what to do next. I just follow the instruction and relax into the voice of the wise practitioner.

This is the season for following the Presence and may God expand the sacred time and space in our lives. If what I described is like your season, let’s try it together and help get each other through the Fall…

Author: regimadi

I'm an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Azusa Pacific University, an avid tea sipper and researcher on mindfulness.

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