|Posted by Jamie Sparks on September 23, 2011 at 10:50 PM|
The Autumn Equinox is a time for giving thanks for the abundance of the harvest seasons and our many other blessings. It is a time of ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the Earth and recognition of the need to share them with others, to secure that we all are blessed with the necessary nourishment we need through the winter. A time to come together with family and friends to share in the abundance of all that there is to be grateful for, before preparing for the winding down of the year, shorter days and a period of rest and reflection.
"Equinox" means "equal night" - the hours of day and night are equal. This balance of darkness and lightness in the day is also a time of balance, reflection and meditation. We are moving out of the demands of longer days where we push and go to achieve more production and efficiency, and are given the opportunity to honor the night, the feminine the receptive.
However, know that you are not alone if you are feeling a bit more off balanced. I know that for me, with the changing of the seasons, the finishing up of harvesting and winter preparations, trying to squeeze everything and everyone in before settling in and so much more, I end up feeling a bit drained and off balance. In Ayurveda, Vata can also be high at this time, which could explain that "less than rooted" feeling. So what is one to do, to move towards creating inner equilibrium?
Meditate! Be it 5 minutes or 5 hours. Sit and go within. Breath deep. Walk slowly. Feel the changes in the air on your skin.
Yoga! Even if you don't have a home practice, try standing in Tadasana, Mountain pose, anytime you feel a bit ungrounded. Let yourself feel the connection of your feet on and into the earth. Let yourself connect. Simple sun salutations can also be very grounding. Or head to a yoga class! We have plenty of great ones here in Asheville.
Celebrate this time with walks in the woods, offering gratitude for the fruits they have provided. Harvest apples. Share some yummy local feasts with friends. Enjoy watching the changing colors in the leaves before the earth goes brown for the winter. We all must go into the darkness to re-discover our true self and to process the boundless-ness of summer. I for one look forward to a good long winter date with myself.
"...don’t worry about the darkness for that is when stars shine the brightest"