Your colours are looking particularly fabulous this year. Apparently this has something to do with the wet summer (yep, not many days when it was safe to leave that umbrella at home) and then a sudden drop in temperature. I’d be lying if I said I was any kind of expert on this but I am enjoying the vibrant display that’s on show. It’s nice to have this slow transition to gently ease us into winter. The odd warm day is throw into the mix, but in general there is a feeling of winding down after the heady excess of summer.
However, it can be a time when we feel a little melancholy as we get to grips with the shorter days and start to feel the pinch of the cold in the air. This season is all about preparation for the winter. So how can we make the most of this time of year and feel more in tune with the season? And how can we hold on to that energy and sunlight that we gained during the summer months so it can see us through the winter?
My yoga teacher Gabrielle recently taught me a lovely version of a “sun salutation”. A sun salutation is a flowing sequence of yoga movements designed to literally salute the sun. This one emphasised the opening up of the body to the sky and sun in order to draw in as much of this energy as possible. I had a feeling of grasping those last summer rays before they faded away! It was nice to think about adapting my yoga practice to the season. Slowing it down, but also realising the importance of keeping the body active at a time when things are naturally drawing inwards.
In nature Autumn is a time of harvest and also of cutting back that which is no longer necessary. Of storing that which is precious and valuable and that which will keep everything healthy and nourished over the coming months. We don’t have so much energy during the winter for rushing around so we can become a little more focussed and turn to those things that are most important to us. Booking a treatment that you love is nice at this time of year. It can be a good opportunity to gather some energy and feel balanced in the midst of all the changes going on around us. A massage can bring some much needed relaxation into the body. During my treatments at the moment am using a lovely oil that contains lemongrass, ginger and clove. It is great for warming the muscles but the smell is so delicious that it warms the heart too!
So look after yourselves during this season of change. It can be difficult to leave those summer days behind, but we can try to embrace the change and look forward to those cosy nights ahead. And we can watch and enjoy this lovely Autumn display in the process!