It’s the Autumn equinox! We are getting some heavenly Autumn weather now (this is my favourite season by far), but today is the day that the Earth marks one of it’s quarter turns if you like – where night rapidly begins to overtake daylight hours, and we can reap our summer harvest.
In days when we lived in alignment with the Earth’s cycles, we survived by it’s seasons – not supermarket opening hours like we do today. In Autumn we would be reaping our harvest, preserving, storing and making good use of the summer bounty to last us through the winter. We would start to sleep longer and rest more. Have you noticed that it’s a bit easier to sleep in on the weekends? So we are still affected by it despite our modern living ways!
Energetically, I like to think of this time and use it to slow down and store some of that summer vibe, to keep some sunshine within to last the dwindling days.
Physically, this is the perfect time to start boosting your immune system and prepare for winter. It’s all too easy to stay inside and snuggle up with the heater on, but it’s also important to spend lots of time in nature – shuffling through the crunchy leaves, getting cool and crisp air on your cheeks or soaking up some more vitamin D whilst the sun isn’t too hot.
Eat lots of wholesome and fresh foods – new season apples start to come into the shops – nature is telling you something! Add a little less ice to your juices and smoothies and have more soup and less salad, your body will love you for the warming foods.
Emotionally, it’s a beautiful time to reflect on Summer and to look ahead to what you can nurture and create in upcoming time in Winter introversion. Some journal writing or a vision board for the season is a great way to mark the time.
Some things on the top of my Autumn Playlist are
* Playing in huge piles of autumn leaves
* Making tomato relish, passata, jam and soup from big summer harvests (check out fruit and veg markets and get them by the box full) – try my tomato chili jam recipe
* Being in my garden, letting the chooks dig up out tired summer beds and refreshing the soil for winter crops
* Taking photos of leaves and misty skies
* Walking through deciduous forests amongst the colourful leaves
* Getting out my winter scarves and blankets and snuggling up with a book!
* Looong cuddles with my cat, purring is such good medicine
* Going out for walks after it’s rained – the smells are so earthy and rustic
* Hunting for mushrooms under big pine trees
* Did I say taking photos? 🙂
* I love collecting leaves, seed pods and interesting things from nature to make a centrepiece for a table
So many things to make this the best season ever. Download my free seasonal living guide here and keep it nearby for some inspiration.