Although I am a Cali girl at heart, I have discovered something really magical about living in New England… Fall. I am deeply in love with the miraculous shift in seasons here, my favorite being the transition from summer to fall. Everything moves from deep, beautiful green to electric orange, red and yellow. The hot humid air turns crisp and delicious. Candles are lit, pumpkin is everywhere, Sunday football brings people together (let’s be honest, I am there solely for the food) and everyone gets to pull out their favorite fall sweater.
On the outside, it’s evident fall has arrived. All you need to do is walk out your front door. But do you feel that deeper shift on the inside? It’s a buzzing aliveness, similar to how you might feel when you drink the perfect amount of coffee. It almost feels magical. What is that exactly?
It’s the gift of fall. Fall is a time of receiving. In nature, we plant the seeds in the spring and harvest in the fall. According to the laws of nature, it times to reap the fruits of all the hard work we have put into the last year.
Are you receiving the growth you’ve experienced from the last 8-10 months?
Are you expressing gratitude for all you have received?
Think about the person you were in January. Do you feel any changes?
You also may be less aware of what you have gained and more in-tune with that you’re ready to let go of. That’s because this season calls us to let go too.
Nature is really good at teaching this. Just watch the trees. The leaves turn from green to orange. And then, they fall off the tree and die. It’s a very natural part of nature. It’s generally very sad to see all the trees die, as it’s a sign that winter is near. And winter represents death. It’s not exactly everyone’s favorite time of year (this is a personal opinion, of course). But spring ALWAYS comes. Spring is proof that rebirth is real. But rebirth cannot happen without death. What this means for you is, new life energy cannot enter if you are not willing to let go of whatever is holding you down. It’s time to let go and let that shit die.
Can you think of anything that is weighing you down right now?
What needs to die in your life so rebirth can occur?
Fall is a beautiful and abundant time that calls us to truly enjoy all the good in our lives. If you want to make the most of this season, here are a few tips to tap into the energy of fall more deeply:
- Go to your local farmers market and buy local root vegetables for a root veggie stew. Root vegetables are grown in the ground which inevitably gives them a grounding vibration. Grounding is important when it comes to the season changes of fall. It’s easy to get frazzled and caught up with all the “to-do” lists of getting back into the routine of life coming back from the summer. You may find yourself stuck in your head. Let the gifts of mother nature root you back in your body and give you the medicine of fall.
- Make time to get together with friends that feed your soul. Many people are on their own schedule during the summer. Fall brings everyone back to their daily lives. Make quality times with friends a priority! Why do you think so many people like to get together for Sunday football? It’s a a great excuse to bring people together, feast, and have fun. Many of us are starving for that. Just make sure you spend it wisely with people who bring you up (not down).
- Give yourself a self-massage with oil. I recommend either coconut oil or sesame oil (sesame is better for people living in cooler places because it has a warming effect on the body). This act is a beautiful practice of self-care and it feels amazing. Many people don’t take time to give their body gentle, kind acts of love. This experience is calming, grounding and feeds your skin moisture from the dry cool fall days. You will feel like a goddess after.
- Try a yin yoga class or put time aside to stretch the body. It’s very easy to become overwhelmed when fall arrives. But fall is calling you to slow down. Yin yoga/ stretching helps slow the mind down and creates rejuvenating strength and peace in the body. Many women I know only focus on workouts that are intense on the body like running, strength training, and vinyasa yoga. We don’t see the benefits of a yin class because we aren’t burning 1000 calories. But when we give our body time to restore, we end up giving her more energy to show up for the hard workouts. Fall is a really good buffer in between summer and fall. Could you imagine going straight from summer to winter (if you live in New England)??? That would be WAY to intense. Fall teaches us to slow down and create grounded ease in our daily routine. It is preparing us for an intense winter. Let stretching ease your mind and prepare you for the winter as well. You deserve the gift of restoration! Your body is dying for it.