As we experience changes in the seasons (which is obviously different depending on where we live in the world), we also can reflect on the inner shifts and changes in our lives during these specific times.
We reap the benefits of all we have harvested and it is a wonderful time to cleanse our system again to prepare for the winter months when many people tend to crave heavier foods; sometimes slow down more or experience energy shifts due to busy schedules and little "down time" ... or time for themselves... I'll talk more about our changing 'physical energy levels' at the end of this entry.
Some people spend less time outdoors in the winter, and we do all experience less light. Many factors can affect our energy levels when we don't do anything to balance out.
Many people tell me that their schedules get busier - or feel busier and heavier in the fall and winter. In many ways we do not ebb and flow with the natural rhythms around us. If you do notice lowering shifts in your energy levels over the fall and into the winter, there are things you can do:
1. Spend more time outdoors this fall - when the weather permits, get out and enjoy the fresh air, changing scents and vibrant colours. BREATHE
When you can, go barefoot on the earth for awhile to enjoy the grounding and clearing effects before it's too cold. There are many benefits to doing this. We have had a very hot, dry and humid summer here; if the fall brings cooler yet calm weather, getting outside will refresh you.
2. Fall is also a good time to boost your movement practices. Movement and breathwork will assist you in clearing out your entire system and give your immune system a boost ... remember that to allow these benefits to work, your emotional/mental state is also vital. Check in with yourself and ask:
What have I harvested in my inner and outer world this year as a result of all my thoughts, words, and actions?
Where might I place my attention and energy in my life now in order to cultivate a richer 'harvest' next year?
What's working well for me right now?
What isn't working so well for me in my life right now? Name some steps you can take to address this area.
3. Eat food which will contribute to cleansing your system.... many local organic farmers will still be providing fresh greens and veggies into the late fall and early winter at your local market.