September 23rd marks the first day of fall for 2014! If you’ve been reading this blog for a little while, you will remember that at the onset of each season (Spring & Summer), I write a little bit about the upcoming changes (energetically, spiritually, locally and even nutritionally) that each season can bring. Autumn is one of the most subtle and also the most anticipated seasonal changes. There comes small and big shifts, and for the most part, Autumn is a time of reflection, relaxation, rejuvenation and most importantly, letting go.
Obviously, we see big shifts with the trees – major beautiful color explosions and then an enormous release – everything falls back into the ground, ready to hibernate for the coming winter. I have always found that autumn is the ideal time to purge your house, life, car, dressers, job etc. of all of the stuff that is not serving you. Making sure to purge excess burdens and physical objects is ideal so that we can focus on uncluttered reflection within ourselves.
Letting go is a major theme of this season (as all the leaves let go of the trees) and we can do that with our lives, too. The major underlying emotion of Autumn is actually grief, which is surprisingly therapeutic when you give yourself the chance to actually grieve. No one allows time to grieve properly during the year when we have major losses such as a family member, the loss of a relationship, a house, a job, a child going off to college. Some of these things may not be seemingly “traumatic”, and it is still a loss. It’s perfectly fine and normal to be sad when we lose major pats of our lives, and allowing time to settle into that loss will be so therapeutic. This is the perfect season for that – to take time to be introspective and reflect.
Now is the time of year when things kind of start to accumulate also: Going into the 4th quarter, schools starting, holidays coming up, lots of traveling. We’re often pulled in 100 different directions now which is actually the opposite of what the season presents. So here is what I suggest to you:
- Check in with yourself (i.e, take a whole day off) and see where you may be struggling, lacking, need support and what is not serving you.
- Make an effort not to over-exert yourself and deplete your reserves (which you will undoubtedly need for winter time). If we don’t change our activity level coming into this season, fatigue will usually follow closely behind us and catch up.
- Get plenty of sleep. This season poses more darkness and shorter days. Again, decrease your activity a little and pay attention to the day length.
- NOURISH yourself with joyful activities, warming foods and good people.
- Take time to cook and prepare foods. This keeps you close to home and hearth!
Here is one of my favorite Fall recipes:
Gingery Butternut Squash Soup
- 2 yellow onions (chopped)
- 2 tbsp fresh ginger (peeled and minced)
In a large soup pot, sauté in 1 tbsp coconut oil until onion is translucent.
- 2 apples (peeled, seeded and chopped)
- 1 butternut squash (peeled, seeded and cut into cubes)
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
Add to put and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until squash and apples are tender. Puree in blender until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste
Lindsay Kluge M.Sc, CNS, LDN HealthCoach@EllwoodThompsons.com