Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year. Don’t get me wrong, I prefer a warm breeze blowing through my sundress over boots and beanies any day but there’s something to be said about the transitional, equalizing energy of autumn that rejuvenates me. The trees come alive as they change colors from vibrant mustard to coral fire red, the air is fresh and brisk in the rain – oh it’s so romantic when it rains! Fall is the feast for the eyes and the belly. This time of year I encourage you to slow down, take it all in and be mindful of how you’re honoring yourself and the change in seasons.
There are so many things you can do to tap in but here are a few of my favorites:
1. Document the change. Take that old dusty camera out of your drawer, lose the iPhone and spend the day photographing the exciting visuals of fall. If you live by the coast or in a place where there aren’t many deciduous trees, take a drive inland and spend the day in another city.
2. Autumn is all about introspection. We prepare for the darker half of the year by initiating projects that keep us indoors like knitting, carving wood or writing. These kinds of projects are essentially an exercise at sorting your thoughts and feelings and checking in with yourself. Enjoy the fruits of your labor by learning a new skill and creating something beautiful.
3. Eating what’s in season. I don’t know about you but I get sick at least once a year and it’s usually when I’m not listening to my body or taking care of myself. Nature bears fruit all year long but that doesn’t mean you should be eating strawberries in the winter. For example in California, autumnal produce is hearty and vitamin rich, like yams, beets and squash. Root vegetables are delicious, versatile and provide insane amounts of nutrients. No wonder they grow during flu season! My advice to you: go to the farmers market or use a website like https://www.seasonalfoodguide.org/ to make sure you’re buying what’s in season.
4. Time to get witchy. Right after the Autumnal Equinox on September 21, Halloween, Dia de los Muertos and all things spooky and spiritual are in the air once again. We honor our dead, dress up like our worst nightmares and face the coming darkness head on. Now when I say “get witchy” I don’t mean wear a pointy hat or ride a broom but rather tap into unconventional spiritual practices. Some personal rituals that I enjoy are burning sage, card readings and cleansing my crystals. Granted those activities can be done at any time of the year but for me I feel a more intense energy calling me to do those activities at this time of year.
Consider it like and energetic reset button — burn Sage, Palo Santo or Cedar with the intention to clear stagnant energies in your home and around your body that can be disruptive to the coming season. Do a daily card reading to gain some perspective or pick up some new stones for your pouch to help you stay grounded through the shift into the darker half of the year. Some stones I’m working with right now are:
· Tiger’s Eye – grounding energy, facilitates manifestation. Keeps me on task and in touch with my intentions
· Tourmaline – disperses negative energy, psychologically aids in understanding oneself and others. Powerful mental healer
· Fluorite – brings stability to groups, linking them to a common purpose, dissolves fixed patterns of behavior. Great for organization and concentration
· Topaz – mellow, empathic stone, brings joy and good health. Great for affirmation, visualization and manifestation. Excellent emotional support stone
· Aquamarine – Courageous and calming stone, brings closure on all levels. Use for meditation, clearing (communication) throat chakra
Regardless of where you live or what you believe, set time aside this fall to do some self care in whatever form that takes. Allow yourself to take some extra time to reset, set your intentions for the transition and stay grounded. Your renewed energy and glowing aura will won’t go unnoticed.