Autumn Equinox

September 23rd 2022 is the official first day of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, autumn equinox. Equinox comes from Latin and translates to equal night, this is the time when the sun is directly over the earths equator and both day and night last approximately 12 hours, regardless of where in the world you are in the world, from this point onwards, the nights will be longer than the days. It's a time to harvest, either in the literal sense, gathering what we have grown in the gardens, or symbolically, harvesting the efforts you have put in to direct your life path a certain way.

Autumn is my absolute favourite time of year, the stunning colours, crisp leaves underfoot, the all round cosy feeling as we indulge in pumpkin spice lattes and snuggle under blankets...I mean, whats not to love? However, as the colder weather comes in, it's important we take time to look after ourselves and sync our bodies, minds and activities to the rest of nature. To a slower pace. To prepare ourselves for the winter months round the corner.

Autumn symbolises a time of change. It symbolises both old and new. During this beautiful season, we should start to quieten our lives and minds, slow the rush. If we take time to go inwards, we can truly hear our own thoughts, get to know our true self. We can begin to let go of things that no longer serve us in order to quietly plan and make room for new journeys. It is a time to practice gratitude for what we have in our lives, notice how rich we are. Letting go also of anger or frustration we may be holding against others and making an effort not to allow these emotions to take up any space within us and we enter the new season, meaning we have room to fill our hearts with more beneficial emotions.

In Ayurveda , autumn is the time of year when the Vata dosha becomes dominant within us, allowing the air and space elements to govern the body. If we do not take action to balance out the dosha we can experience symptoms such as creaky joints, stiffness, dry skin and poor sleep amongst other things....especially for those of us that are vata constitution in the first place!

To help keep things in balance, up your skin care regime, adding a little oil to the skin to prevent dryness, sip herbal teas or warm lemon and ginger water and eat seasonal foods, cooked and warm wherever possible, think butternut squash and chilli soup.

Aim to continue to be out in nature as much as possible, and what better excuse but to wrap up warm and go pumpkin picking, or connect to your inner child walking through the woods, kicking up the leaves. Bring more stillness into your life, practice more gentle activities such as walking and yoga, and take time to rest. Listen to your body when its telling you it wants to curl up with a good book or take a warm bath as the nights drawer in, don't fight against what comes natural to us.

Ways to raise your vibrations in autumn

  • Practice grounding, walk barefoot or meditate, visualise roots growing from your body deep into the earth.

  • Move your body gently and mindfully with grounding flows, including poses such as yogi squat, warrior variations or tree.

  • surround yourself with crystals such as aventurine for balance, amber for reassurance, clear quartz for clarity and focus and black onyx for grounding.

  • Burn woody essential oils, cinnamon, clove or orange.

  • Play a sound bowl.

  • Journal about things you are grateful for, and contemplate new beginnings.

  • Protect your immunity with nourishing foods and good sleep.

  • Be still.

Happy equinox, may you be blessed.

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