Staying mindful this Autumn.
Warm browns, rich oranges and deep reds...just a few reasons why this is my favorite time of year. I am so excited to embrace these super cosy days and nights.
There is something special in the air, a fresh autumn breeze, log fires, blankets, warm woolly jumpers, spiced chai tea, bristling leaves falling towards the ground, beautiful sky lines and a full harvest moon.
From the excitement of bonfire night and pumpkin carving, to the ritual of watching spooky films on Halloween. It is the perfect season to give and receive love, joy and happiness, in preparation for the Winter ahead.
This season also brings less crowded shore lines, an abundance of waves and magnificent sunsets for a still warm surf. Temperatures don’t drop until late November/ December and ocean swells are more consistent.
However, the joys of autumn can quickly pass us by if we don’t pay them enough attention. It is easy to find ways to dislike the next few months- dark, cold mornings and evenings. So, stay positive by writing a list of all the things you are looking forward to this season.
Crunchy autumn leaves
Scarves, cosy jumpers, woolly hats and blankets
Candles, candles, candles
Halloween and trick or treaters
Crisp air walks
Home-made seasonal soup and warm crusty bread!
How we can transition with the season:
As we move from Summer to Autumn, we can transition with nature by reflecting on the Summer gone and setting some positive intentions for the months ahead. With the Autumn equinox and a full harvest moon, it is the perfect time to re-balance, let go and uplift your energy.
Balancing darkness with light:
On the Autumn equinox, day and night are of equal length. This signals the need to balance light and darkness within us. Far too often, we fear the dark and embrace only the light. Take a moment to switch off the light or television, embrace darkness and be in your own space. Regardless of what is happening in the outside World, we can find calm and stillness within.
As we watch leaves fluttering to the ground, we are reminded that natures cycles are mirrored in our lives. Autumn is the perfect time for letting go and releasing things that are a burden. When we allow our minds to dwell in a place of could-have, should-have, would-have, we restrict our lives. We imprison ourselves in a web of rigid self-criticism that blinds us from our gifts and hinders our abilities to make own choices and create change.
Autumn reminds us of the impermanence of everything. We have experienced the budding of life in spring and the flowering of summer. Now leaves fall and remind us of the fleeting nature of all things. As we contemplate Autumn changes, we grow more appreciative of all the beauty that surrounds us.
We spend much of our time focused on accomplishing new things, looking for new opportunities, and moving towards our future- which are all important for our growth. But it is important to pause and take a moment to appreciate what we have and what is around us.
My favorite Autumn reading:
They say that at some point you just learn to let go, I must disagree. If it just takes one moment to let go, then you never really held on tightly enough. To a dream. To a goal. To a place. To a person. To anything. I believe you let go little by little. You let go a little, then hold back on, but with a little less force until you fully release yourself. And the tighter you hold on, the more force you let go with. The deeper you dive, the higher you’ll fly. The closer you get, the further you’ll pull away. The weaker you feel, the stronger you’ll become. So, do not be ashamed of your weaknesses. We all have them. You must learn to be kind to yourself. You must believe in yourself. You must learn to understand yourself. Never think that you are a bad person. Differentiate between your self-worth and your actions. To say that you are bad is different than saying that you made a mistake. You can’t fix yourself, but you can fix a mistake. And remember, not one person on this earth is perfect. We all make mistakes. We all fall. We all have flaws. We just need to look within ourselves and treat ourselves as humans who are worthy of respect and hope. Do not give up on yourself. Get back up. Be brave. Be happy.
My favourite Autumn recipe:
Pear and butternut squash soup
1 x onion
2 x cloves garlic
1 x butternut squash
3 x pears
3/4 pint vegetable stock
1tsp cumin seeds
Salt and pepper
1. Splash some olive oil into a frying pan and fry the sliced onion and crushed garlic until golden.
2. Add the chopped butternut squash, pears and stock.
3. Bring to boil and reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.
4. Add the cumin seeds and season.
5. Allow to cool before placing in a food processor and mix until a smooth consistency.
Fire- Deva Mahal
Spirit Bird- Xavier Rudd
September Song- Agnes Obel
Autumn Leaves- Paolo Nutini
Something Wonderful- Fakear
Enjoy The Silence- Moriarity
Part Of The Process- Morcheeba
Burns- George Fitzgerald
Old Pine- Ben Howard
Upon These Stones- Tom Francis
Indian Sky- John Butler Trio