Incorporate these 4 fall rituals into your practice and life to find inner balance as we transition to a new season…
It is hard to believe that the year is coming to an end already… With everything that has gone on this year, it sometimes feels like we are stuck in a time warp, and 2020 has flown by without our even noticing! The winter months can be a difficult time for many – even without the isolation of quarantine – so autumn is a good time to take a step back and honor our present situation and focus on what we are grateful for. (Maybe this is why Thanksgiving occurs in the fall?) Creating some simple fall rituals can help support this practice.
By learning to appreciate where we are at this present moment, we can avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and weather the winter months ahead with greater grace and balance. All seasons are necessary for a balanced world, and the same is true in our own lives! Winter is a time for introspection and reflection, and the simple fall rituals below will help prepare your mind and body to move into the new cycle ahead, and find your inner balance and peace – no matter what is currently going on in your life.
- Take time for balance and reflection. Sit quietly and reflect on what might be out of balance in your life right now and dedicate yourself to making those lifestyle shifts. It can help to write your thoughts in a journal and conclude by creating three small action steps.
- Create a fall harvest feast. There are so many seasonal vegetables available right now. Instead of mourning the loss of summer fruit, celebrate the abundance of pumpkins, gourds, and root vegetables that are filling the produce aisle. Try out new recipes and cook a feast for whoever you may be in quarantine with (even if it is just for yourself—you deserve it!).
- Take a walk in nature. Go outside and observe how the trees are shifting, the smell of the air has taken on a new note, and the light has evolved. Consider taking pictures of things that you see on a daily basis. Then, when we celebrate another season, take more pictures so you can compare and observe the power of seasonal evolutions.
- Infuse the spirit of the season into your practice. Of course, your yoga practice is a powerful way to attune yourself to the rhythms and cycles of nature. Choose a grounding and relaxing class that will help you adjust to the energy of the new season…
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