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Del Alma: Fall Retreat

Submitted by on October 16, 2012 – 6:32 am2 Comments

Fall in Tennessee

It is time for the Annual Fall Disconnect.

Fall is the season in which I retreat a little, slow down, go inward. On purpose.

With a new job, new kid commitments, it’s been a toda bala around here.

And, given the divisive election year, there is too much noise in my life. Is your Facebook stream freaking you out, too?

It’s my own fault, really.

By 5:45 a.m. I have two newspapers in hand and all the way into work, I listen to news and politics. And, I see what people I like and love say on social media, which isn’t always a good thing.

It’s making me too sad. Too mad. Like, a lot.

My habit of disconnecting started one October 13 years ago, when my brand new acupuncturist said I needed to rest and take a cue from the seasons, for afterall, we too are a part of nature.

That can sound mumbo jumbo, no? But that advice has since given me permission to say “No.” Permission to do less and focus instead on what most matters, despite how hard it can be to turn down holiday pachangas, outings and gatherings. This year, I am adding “reading, listening to less political boberia.”

As I watch leaves turn golden and fall into massive piles here in Nashville, it as my daily reminder to let go and be present. (And, I welcome it despite the fact that the cold winter that always follows is my most disliked.)

Ya, I am ready.

Are you?

Do you give yourself time to disconnect, reflect?

Is there someone in your life who could use a reminder to slow down, shout less into social media streams, to let go?

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  • Alexandra says:

    I do disconnect, and I can tell when I have to b/c I start to feel like I haven’t had a minute to myself.

    And that’s when I know: log off.

    Alexandra´s last [fabulousness] ..Pongan el Papel!

  • Tia Mirtha says:

    I think it is a very good idea to disconnect and have time for yourself. No computer, IPhone, IPad, etc. etc.

    I too get a little upset when I read political opinions from family(couse I really don’t care about friends opinion)that I do not agree with, but that’s life.

    Relax and enjoy the little things that life gives you.

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