Rhythms: Practicing a November Pause

Do you ever feel like the minutes of the day move by at a snail’s pace, but then look at the calendar and realize it’s already time to turn another page or prepare for another change of season?

If that sounds familiar, you’re not alone. But while it sometimes feels that time is passing by too quickly, the shift from October to November always feels good to me. While some people like to move from the fun of October straight into celebrating Christmas, I like to practice what I call the November pause.

This pause is more of a mindset shift than actual white space in my calendar. In fact, my November is already looking pretty full. I might not be able to get away from a busy calendar, but my mind and heart can be focused on thanksgiving and gratefulness. It’s a wonderful way to prepare for the Christmas season, which can often overshadow the space between Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Christmas season. But practicing the November pause before the wild and wonderful December winter takes over is like taking a slow breath before starting a race.

As part of practicing a November pause this month, I’ll be joining in with my friend Twyla’s gratitude challenge over on Instagram. You can also join in as we take the next 30 days to focus our thoughts onto gratitude. And in the spirit of not adding “just another thing” to our plates this month, you have permission to participate fully, use the daily prompts as personal journaling tools, or simply follow along. You can find out more here.

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