Autumn is such a beautiful and intriguing time of year.
With the vibrant changing colours and falling leaves, the crisp feeling in the air and the contrast of blue skies during the day leading to cooler evenings.
The natural transition from summer to autumn invites us to reflect on the cyclical rhythm of seasons, and of life itself, in relation to our inner self. Perhaps more than any other seasonal transition, the contrast of going from the bright green hues of summer to yellows, reds, and oranges of autumn, and from hot to cool, is a reminder of mother nature’s constant rhythms of change, and its powerful effect on us as human beings and how we relate to the world around us.
Boosting immunity and wellbeing through reflection
Being consciously aware of seasonal cycles and what we need to do to thrive provides us with an opportunity to focus on our health and wellbeing. We can commit to daily practices that will boost our immunity and mood to combat any change of season blues or anxiety. Consciously aligning ourselves with seasonal changes rather than ignoring or resisting them provides us with powerful and intuitive strength to move through life’s cycles and gain the most from them to thrive.
Perhaps more than any other season, autumn has a beautiful way of transforming our surroundings to remind us of the value and necessity of letting go and releasing those things that no longer serve us. It invites us to reflect on those daily habits that nourish us, and to honour ourselves by committing to those things we know will truly support, nurture and comfort us to cope well with any change of season effects on our body.
For some, autumn can often be a time of embracing change, inviting a little slowness into our lives, and letting go of those things that are no longer supporting us. It is a time when we naturally seek out those things that nourish us, give us warmth, and make us feel cosy in preparation for the winter months ahead.
Creating autumn equinox rituals
A distinctive element of autumn is the autumn equinox, where day and night become equal in length. This encourages a sense of balance in our days, urging us to follow the season’s natural cues of when to start slowing down from the energy of summer and realign more of our focus within.
Symbolically, it can be a great reminder to think about creating a sense of balance between light and dark, to consciously practice gratitude for the positive things in our lives and manifesting more of them, and to evaluate where we feel the most darkness and how we may start to ease this.
A beautiful practice to facilitate this self-reflection is an autumn equinox ritual.
Sit down with a pen and paper, or simply create the space to meditate, light a warming candle, and think about whether you feel balanced or drained most of the time. Are there things that you need to let go of to move forward in a healthy way?
Questions to ask yourself this autumn
Think about the following and write out some responses or meditate on the questions to help you clarify the things that you might need to work on to feel more balanced:
- What do you need right now to feel nourished?
- Do you feel calm and connected with yourself and with others most of the time?
- Do you generally feel excited and satisfied by life or do you feel a need to try something new?
- Do you feel like there is too much on your plate, or are you feeling bored?
- Are there things that you need to let go of in order to move forward in a positive way?
This is a great time to reflect on these questions and whether there may be certain things you would like to change or manifest over autumn to create more balance and feel your best energetically. Really try to feel through your feelings and release them, rather than hold onto them.
After completing this process is a perfect time to cleanse yourself, your home and your energetic space using a smudge stick or Palo Santo to eliminate negative energy and increase positive energy moving forward.
Tea or cacao for rest, rejuvenation & resetting
Autumn is often a time when change in season sickness begins to increase, and our immunity requires a boost as we head into winter. Given the added layer of Covid-19 we face, taking the time to ensure we support our bodies with adequate rest and rejuvenation is vital, and autumn is the time that we naturally feel drawn toward restoration.
Ensuring we establish healthy habits and are consuming wholesome nutrients daily goes a long way to supporting our nervous system holistically. Creating a mindful tea or cacao ritual in your day is a beautiful way to create some space to recharge and reduce change of season effects on your body to support a healthy immune system. Naturopathic formulated wellness teas and cacao blends are designed to promote optimal physical and mental health, even when you are not unwell, as they support the body in a preventative way for optimal wellness. And when paired with a ritual of mindfully preparing and savouring your warm drink of choice, relishing in each sip and how it tastes and feels to you, the benefits of your tea or cacao time are supercharged.
Our favourite autumn tea blends for a healthy immune system include:
And gorgeous cacao blends for autumnal warming cups of hot chocolate with supercharged benefits are: