Warm Autumn colours – gold, red, deep browns and orange are all around at the moment. Blue skies and glowing sunshine, red sunrises and smoky sunsets have been making this Autumn feel so soft and peaceful. I’m so in love with this time of year.
Flashback to last year where I was so busy with dyeing beautiful eco-printed scarves and garments in my other life at Beautiful Wasteland, I forgot to fall in love with Autumn. I had no time to laze about under big deciduous trees or wonder about the many gardens of the Dandenong Ranges with my camera. Instead of rugging up on cool mornings and having a slow coffee I was out and about frantically collecting leaves to make scarves. I was feeling slightly connected to the world around me but I was not allowing time to fully immerse and appreciate what this time of year means to me.
This time round, I have made a conscious decision to slow down. Instead of being frantic I have been mindful.
I have chosen what I would do and whether it was good for me at this time, and learnt again what it means to put my needs first. I’ve been:
- Moving my body more to help with some persistent aches and I feel life flowing back into my body.
- Eating seasonal food and I’m choosing colourful, vibrant, fresh options – we have an incredible abundance of lettuce and edible flowers in the garden right now (I only wish the pine mushrooms would come out under the pine trees where we live!)
- Doing more of what I love ~ meandering in forests with my camera, resting under gigantic trees to feed my creative fire and soak up this fleeting time.
- Sleeping longer with the shortening daylight hours and going to bed early. This one thing alone would have made me feel better, quality rest is so important.
- Taking stock of the last year and wondering what has been supportive to me and what hasn’t – I literally made a list of what wasn’t supportive and then made a wishlist and built a picture of what I want to bring into my life. Though now is not the time to get busy and act on these things, it’s a time to let them be and to rest, so that when Spring awakens I can move forward with in a direction that supports me.. Or supports parts of my life anyway, lets face it – we don’t get to hibernate like a bear and wake up all shiny and new in Spring!
Whilst the message is that we can’t do it all at once, it does still pay to be AWAKE to your life and the way you live it. The more you improve one area of your life, it’s only natural that you progress to making changes in other areas. For example, recently I started with a more intense movement practice alongside some yoga, and I naturally wanted to feed my body better food. We live in amazing bodies that work so well!
Because I find that nature is my greatest healer, I have discounted the “Nature” e-course to make it accessible and useful to all of you!
This e-course comes with two downloadable modules that take you through many ways to connect with nature, make your environments more healthy and find a sense of connection to the natural world. Download it here, take your shoes off and feel the earth beneath your feet 🙂
I’ll also finish with a few questions and suggestions ~ take what you need!
Are you awake to your life right now? Breathing slowly is the best way to bring you into the moment.
Is there a part of your life you would like to be more aware of and start to ponder?
Make a list of what has been supportive and what hasn’t, this can be recently or overall. Download my free wellness map if you like a visual and take a peek into your life.
Remember it’s Autumn, so be gentle on yourself.
Rest. Ground yourself.
Take your time.
Make self-care a priority.
Breathe and stretch.
Take a slow walk in nature somewhere and soak up some beautiful moments!