by Nkechi Njaka
It is officially Autumn, which is the beautiful season for harvest. The textbook definition of harvest describes this time of year as the process of gathering mature crops, which often concludes the season of growing. The huge social importance of this time is what has historically allowed harvesting to be the focal point of seasonal celebrations found in most religious traditions. While harvest can certainly have a very literal definition, at Harmonia we want to encourage you to think about this time a bit more conceptually.
We have all heard the saying ‘you reap what you sow’ or phrases like ‘the fruit of your labor.’ They both come from agricultural harvesting—the process of planting and gathering what has come of it. With all things, there can be environmental factors that contribute to the end result. This can be true for us as well throughout different seasons. If you think of this as creating new habits for yourself to see changes (or fruit), you can participate in a similar process that will result in the life you want to live.
Yoga, sitting meditation, a new relationship, building a house, growing a garden, learning a new instrument, training a dog, getting a PhD, starting a business, restoring a new property, or simply preparing a meal all have ONE thing in common: there is a process required for a result. Whatever the result is, a new ritual or habit is created. At Harmonia, we are creating a lifestyle designed and created by combining all sorts of new habits, rituals and processes. At this stage of launch, it is so important for us to put process in place so that we can see the benefits of our hard work, and have others (like you!) benefit from it. We are hoping and expecting a Harmonia Harvest.
If you are feeling inspired to create a new habit, ritual or process for yourself this season, we want to encourage you! Here are some simple actions (sowing) that will yield results:
- Be Committed. We all know that significant change happens over time. Commit to 30 days. A month is a good block of time to commit to a change and it will easily fit in your calendar.
- Be Simple. While ambition and drive are admirable, it can sometimes be overwhelming, resulting in termination or disruption of process. Take simple approaches to your new habits and begin to build when you start achieving results.
- Be Consistent. Do your new habit every day– consistency is going to be a major contribution.
- Be Thoughtful. After 2 weeks you might forget about your one month commitment! If you forget, you become inconsistent, which defeats the purpose of habituation. Create reminders for yourself (post-its are fun), set alarms or track in your calendar.
- Be Accountable. Find a friend who encourages you (maybe they want to develop the same habit). Use them for support when things get hard.