Well – it’s been a while! After a summer full of fun and adventure, getting back to into the swing of regular life has taken a moment. Slowly but surely, we are once again finding our groove.
If you are anything like us, you are reluctantly forging ahead into fall. Despite the natural beauty of changing leaves and over-flowing seasonal harvest offerings, the reality is, winter is right around the corner. But does that have to be a bad thing? This month we offer some tips on embarrassing the natural momentum that comes with shorter days and longer nights, and using that downtime to practice self-care and ensure you are checking in with your mental health. Plus an idea for a fun taste test that takes full advantage of one of the seasons most delicious food offerings!
1 – SOMETHING GREAT || Every Single Cognitive Bias in One Infographic
The human brain is capable of incredible things, but it can also be extremely flawed. Science has shown that we tend to make all sorts of mental shortcuts and mistakes, called “cognitive biases”, that can affect both our thinking and actions, and can lead to us extrapolating information from the wrong sources, seeking to confirm existing beliefs, or failing to remember events the way they actually happened.
Cognitive biases have a profound effect on our endeavors, investments, and life in general. They influence the way we think and act, and such irrational mental shortcuts can lead to all kinds of problems in entrepreneurship, investing, and management. The below infographic from DesignHacks.co is particularly interesting – It shows and groups each of the 188 known biases in existence, laying out a clear picture of what our brains are doing when. You can read more about cognitive bias and their effects on our lives and businesses HERE.
2 – A CALL TO ACTION || Taking Heart in Tough Times
Joanna Macy wisely said ‘The most radical thing any of us can do at this time is to be fully present to what is happening in the world.’ Witnessing the seemingly endless rotation of devastation and suffering unfolding around the world, it’s no wonder that we are largely left feeling heartbroken, grasping at straws as we attempt to understand, work through it, and find answers.
A usual reaction after being inundated with so much sadness is overwhelm. We shutdown, detach, and refuse to continue feeling the pain. A coping tactic Macy suggests is detrimental to the cause – ‘Don’t apologize for the sorrow, grief, and rage you feel. It is a measure of your humanity and your maturity. It is a measure of your open heart, and as your heart breaks open there will be room for the world to heal.’
So this month, we challenge ourselves to sit with grief- FEEL our sadness, allow our tender hearts to break, and let the tears to flow. Send love out into the world and allow light to flood back in, filling all the cracks. Indeed, it might just be the truest and most real measure of our humanity. xo
You can read more about taking heart in tough times and the important work of Joanna Macy here.
3 – A MOMENT OF DELIGHT || Apple Taste Test
Did you know there are over 7,500 varieties of apples grown worldwide? 7,500!! We love trying new foods, especially in the fall when the harvest is abundant and FRESH, so we are fully on board with the idea of hosting an apple taste testing party! Gather your family and friends and each pick a type of apple- it can be one you have never tried before, or something you look forward to seeing at the market each fall (big biodynamic ambrosia fans over here!) – slice them all up, nibble, and cast votes for your favourite!
Pro apple-eater tip: if you want to move away from the typical crates of gala and macintosh that flood the grocery stores year round, seek out a local independent grocery store or farmers market – this is where you will find a more unique variety of locally available and ultra-fresh offering of apples!
4 – A MOMENT FOR YOURSELF || Stillness
The shift in seasons, especially from summer through fall and into winter, offers many things but perhaps the most special is a welcome offering of stillness. The shorter days and longer nights beg for us to cuddle in and hibernate – sleeping longer, resting more and moving at a much slower pace than the months before these.
But there may be valid reasons for this.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the fall is a time when the yang of summer gives into the growing yin energy of the approaching winter. Yin is known as a feminine energy- one that is slower, darker, quieter, calmer, and introspective. As we return to our more rigorous rituals and routines at school or work, there is less activity outside of our daylight hours. You may not even notice some of the things we do naturally to prepare for winter, but suggests to prepare include: completing unfinished projects, clearing away clutter and debris, gathering extra food and fuel, and making sure that you are physically and emotionally prepared for the cold, dark months to come.
So why not embrace this time at home, focus on nurturing and supporting our bodies, staying healthy and enjoy the natural quietness and extra time to care for yourself during these colder months. Light a candle, visit with friends, and get cozy. (You can read more about Autumn and what that means in Traditional Chinese Medicine HERE)
5 – WHAT’S HAPPENING AT CB?
We are so excited to welcome Max Engle to the CB team! As our Sustainability Accelerator, Max will be working closely with some of the most inspiring and forward-thinking businesses as they venture further along their sustainability and conscious leadership journey. We are so honored to have Max’ voice added to ours and are really looking forward to watching our relationship together flourish. WELCOME MAX!
We are also SO excited to have facilitated a workshop at Esca Bona in Austin, TX on October 17th – entrepreneurial dynamos and industry change-makers came together to share challenges, find solutions, create high-impact partnerships, and offer endless collaborations. This event provided a serious refill of inspiration for us – we look forward to sharing our most valuable takeaways later in the month, but for now, feel free to peek a few photos.