These are rituals that focus on how we can sync ourselves up with the season!
We are the stars!
There's no getting away from it, we are comprised of and from nature. We are the stars. The earth. The sea. Space. But sometimes we forget or become distant from it.
I'm always astounded how deeply affected i feel by the moon for example. Or by going to the seafront or up a mountain. For centuries, we humans have found connection to something bigger than ourselves through nature. Whether it simply being, receiving perspective of our place in the landscape/universe, or a spiritual connection. Check out equinox at Chichen Itza for example.
Whatever your beliefs, nature is a wonderful way to remember yourself. To appreciate and celebrate transition, change and cycles. Autumn is a time when many trees shed their leaves. When hibernation preparations are in action. Things die off and become something else. The energy captured via photosynthesis in the leaves transitions to become nourishing food for the ground. Although autumn isn't as extreme a season as the spicy heat of summer or the often bleak wintertime, it's a colourful, very visible transitional season.
Getting outside + syncing with nature
Notice the changes and shifts around you. Subtle but a really nice way to stay present during the transition. Remember your activity from chapter 1? Stimulate your senses with smells and colours. Take a pad and pen and sketch/write about/scrapbook old leaves. Or make a mandala with your discoveries! Here's one of mine!
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Get creative with what's around you and connect with nature in a way that feels meaningful to you!
Sync your menu with the seasons
We might choose to eat seasonally and locally where possible. Earthy vegetables are in my joy club all year round. Being mostly Vata in my Ayurveda constitution, grounding foods are great for me, so although i love a hearty salad, it´s only going to take me so far into autumn. But before heading down strict diet rules, i really recommend you do YOU.
I also recommend getting support from professionals - your doctor and/or a nutritional therapist. I learned that the hard way when moving to Norway as a vegetarian...it didn´t go well, i thought i was getting Rickets! I don´t say that to scare you, just to remind you that just like nature, your body is an amazing ecosystem. It´s all about the balance and getting the right nutrients, fat, energy and minerals for your body. That will differ depending on your constitution, your environment, how you spend your days etc. So take care of you.
In yoga terms, Pratyahara refers to a “folding in” of the senses. You can read a bit more about that here if you´re interested.
For me that looks like adjusting the space i practice in at home. I´m in a more “cocoony” phase.
Setting up my crystals (!) and cards in an altar near my mat.
Lighting a candle.
Wrapping up like a sausage in a blanket for meditation. I almost wrote pig there.
You get the gist.
Creating space to be solitary.
Space to process.
Space to space out.
Go slow. Take your time. Tread gently. And give yourself time to adjust.
I hope you stay well and warm in this shape shifting time.
Here's to the transitioning towards autumn in our own way!