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April is a CNY Fertility Center patient and has been on her journey to fertility for approximately two years. April will share candid stories and a unique perspective on the fertility challenges many women and couples face. Week Nineteen: The Changing Seasons
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As autumn begins, I think we are all adjusting to more rigid schedules. Although I often mourn the loss of summer, I have to say I am thankful to have had such a spectacular summer! In my Week Nine article I discussed how summer is an excellent time to simply enjoy the moment, and I am happy to report I did just that. The dog and I took many walks, my husband and I enjoyed a late summer vacation in the Berkshires and I read a number of fiction and non-fiction pieces, some of which I shared in my weekly online articles.
Just as I set a summer intention to be more spontaneous and to live in the moment, I realize that I need to develop a new intention for this new season. As I ponder what my mind, body and spirit need most, I know I must remember that there will always be a pile of work waiting for me and my to-do list will never quite be complete. Whose is? I have to confess that in the midst of my summertime spontaneity, I neglected some of the more significant parts of my routine, primarily my Gratitude List and yoga. While I don’t want to add more to my to-do list, I do believe that taking some time to reflect on what I do have makes me feel better about what I may not yet have. Keeping a gratitude list also gives me the faith I need to believe that motherhood will happen for me since I have already been blessed in other areas of my life. Yoga allows me the guided time I need to find that quiet place that exists deep within and allows me to simply be well, look well, and feel well. A quite mind can be a great gift, and yoga helps train my mind to be just that – quiet, which provides such an awesome sense of peace and wellness.
As I set my autumn intention to practicing yoga regularly and keeping my daily gratitude lists, I remember what Dr. Rob said at one of our follow-up visits – that I can spend a mere 10-15 minutes a day on yoga in order to reap the benefits. I need to fit in what works for me when it works for me, and if there is a day when something does not work that is okay.
What provides your sense of well-being and what can you reasonably commit to in order to enjoy the fall season?
Autumn Blessings, April all Year
Below are links to April’s past articles in case you missed any of them: Week eighteen: Grand Opening Week seventeen: Trust your place Week sixteen: Labels Week fifteen: Keeping the faith Week fourteen: Keep at it Week thirteen: Maya Abdominal Massage Week twelve: Acupuncture Week eleven: A little bit at a time Week ten: Well-timed reminders Week nine: Summertime Week eight: Resiliency Week seven: Tiny miracles Week six: Bahama Mama Week five: The right path for us Week four: Our fertility treatment “break” Week three: Deliberate choices Week two: This moment Week one: My story