The first day of fall is here. In the astronomical calendar, they call it the Autumnal Equinox. When we seek a seasonal lifestyle, the changes of spring and fall often feel the most dramatic. Changes in local food are noticeable aspects of the equinox drama. I never get as many complaints as when winter squash and pumpkins appear in our farm share boxes. Customers see these vegetables as a sign of the end of summer. Many are not happy about the change. I love it!
Autumnal Equinox 2017
The word equinox comes from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night). ~ Farmer’s Almanac
5 Things You Can Do to Connect with the Change in Season:
I am not alone in my love of fall. The short, cooler days make many of us long for fires and baked goods, solitude and walks in the woods. Here are 5 things to do to get in touch with this colorful and tasty change in seasons:
- Each day when you check the weather, notice the time of the sunrise and sunset. You will be able to see the rapid reduction in daylight hours that you are feeling in your body. It will help you be forgiving when you are having trouble getting out of bed in the morning.
- Pumpkin Spice products are everywhere. Why not make one?
- If you are a gardener, enjoy! Fall harvests contain the most beautiful vegetables of the year. Especially after the first frost when the bugs disappear.
- Make time to read, draw and journal. In Chinese medicine, fall is the time associated with grief. Give yourself what you need to feel and heal.
And a mediation…
Take time each day to go outside and find one colorful leaf to decorate your desk. Also, if you know that walking barefoot in grass has a number of health benefits? Why not make this a daily meditation for the week just after the equinox (if you have access to a patch of grass)?
- Stand on your porch or at the threshold of your home. Take in a few cleansing breaths.
- If the weather and other conditions are right, remove your shoes.
- Before stepping off the threshold, hold in your mind the intention to find stillness and connection in yourself.
- Then, walk gently in the grass toward a tree. Notice its bark and leaves. Then, looking down, collect your one leaf for the day.
- After 5-15 minutes return to your threshold, take another cleansing breath. Put your shoes back on if you so choose.
- Place your leaf someplace conspicuous on your desk. Each time your eyes fall upon it remember the sensation of walking barefoot outdoors. Notice if this calms you and helps with your focus during the day.
- If you keep a journal, draw your leaf and write about the experience at least once during the week.
Inspirational Quotes to Help You Connect to the Equinox ~
No spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face….
~John Donne, “Elegy IX: The Autumnal”
Oh, how we love pumpkin season. You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right? Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin…. We anxiously anticipate it every year. ~Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer, October 2010
Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
’Neath the cover of October skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I’m trying to please to the calling
Of your heartstrings that play soft and low…
~Van Morrison, “Moondance,” recorded 1969