Ah sweater weather :)
Here’s to shorter days, crisp mornings, the return of West Coast rains and the amazing autumn bounty of apples, pears, squash and root veggies. Definitely a welcome respite to the scorched, dry days of late summer.
If you observe the natural world, autumn is associated with the gradual winding down and transition from the bright, energetic and yang energy of late summer to a season that is becoming darker, cooler and closer to yin. The trees put on their vibrant autumn colours and their leaves start to drop and wildlife prepares for migration or hibernation,. For us humans, aside from pulling your winter clothing out of storage, we must also mentally-emotionally allow ourselves to let go, lighten the load so our own energy begins to retreat more internally during this change in season.
October’s care package is loaded with resources to support your autumn transition, better understand what your nervous system is experiencing as the pandemic drags on, podcasts to help you reflect on why forests are a life line, always a soundtrack to lift your spirits and many tasty and seasonally-appropriate recipes to make the most of the season’s bounty.
So, remember to keep your feet warm, wear a scarf and don’t go out with wet hair – this is your Chinese grandma PSA. With the change in seasons, we are heading into cold+flu territory, which is being compounded by the pandemic. Please continue to regularly wash your hands, get enough sleep, support your immunity and of course, GET POKED to manage your stress!
Until next month :)
I asked the leaf whether it was scared because it was autumn and the other leaves were falling. The leaf told me, “No. During the whole spring and summer I was very alive. I worked hard and helped nourish the tree, and much of me is in the tree. I AM NOT LIMITED By this form. I am the whole tree, and when I go back to the soil, I will continue to nourish the tree. As I leave this branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her, ‘I will see you again very soon….
~Thich Nhat Hanh