In some ways, back to school season is a bit like January 1; there’s a sense of letting go and beginning again.
Where I live in St. Louis, the nights are already cooler by mid-August. I’ve noticed a few red leaves among the prolific green. When that happens I often find myself shifting from that languid summer vibe into an undercurrent of restlessness, ready to start something new or dive into a big project.
If you’ve got that back to school itch, here are a few ways to scratch it:
• Revive a dream. Is there something you always thought you’d do “someday”? Today is someday! Start your business. Move across the country or the world. Make that phone call—you know the one.
• Indulge your inner artist. Pick up a journal and start writing. Take up watercolor or beading. Dust off your ancient camera and take a walk in the woods with it.
• Move your body. Dance, walk, run, hike, cycle, swim, yoga, lift something heavy, go up and down the stairs….just move!
• Get rid of stuff. It’s amazing how much cleaning out a drawer or clearing out clothes, old photos and the like can shift your energy. Those unused things are weighing you down. Let them go.
• Travel. A trip may not solve all your problems; however, getting away from your routine can give you a fresh perspective.
• Go back to school. Whether you’re taking a class at the community college, enrolling in continuing ed or going back to get an advanced degree, study stimulates new (or rusty) neural pathways, and it can expand your life in a huge way. Immerse yourself in a foreign language, an old interest, or a new career path.
• Make a difference. Whatever your gifts and inclinations, there are countless ways to have an impact in your community. Attend a peace vigil. Serve at a food bank. Be a mentor for a local kid or for a refugee trying to acclimate in your town. Hold premature babies. Visit the sick and the elderly. Get to know your neighbors, especially those with whom you don’t seem to have much in common; find out their stories and share your own. Teach someone to read. Organize for constructive change. Be part of creating the world you want.
• Be a healer. If you get excited by the idea of learning how to heal pain, raise vibrations, shift reality and co-create transformational change, then you might want to satisfy that back to school feeling by attending one of the two-day workshops I’m teaching this fall with my friend Dr. Samantha St. Julian, creator of Synergia Healing Arts. Check out the details at https://kimberlyschneider.com/
I’d love to hear what fun new things you’re doing! And if you’re feeling the pull to hang out with Samantha and me and an intimate group of healers for two days this fall, please join us at one of the Synergia classes.
Love and Blessings,