I have been reading a great book that I checked out from the library that has really given me the push I need to be more consciously aware of nature’s cycles instead of just the gregorian calendar. One of those cycles would be the changing of the seasons through the solstices and equinoxes! These’s great events have been celebrated since the beginning of time by many cultures and religions to deepen or tune into their spiritual consciousness and mother nature.
“It’s about connecting your soul in sacred ceremony with Mother Nature, the cosmos and the greater universe as you go through your own life transitions.” -Natalia Kuna
Autumn is a time of harvest, gratefulness, and balance as we prepare for the darkness that is to come from the long winter’s nights. With this we need to look within our own darknesses and just as winter physically & spiritually represents endings and death, as can our own darkness die off and journey to new beginnings for the spring!
Nature’s cycles are a good time to not only restore balance physically, but mentally as well. Take time this fall to really get yourself on track and balance every aspect of your life. I wanted to share with you a few ways my family will be celebrating Mabon (autumnal equinox) and how we plan on restoring balance in our lives. Read more about the Autumn Equinox and Your Health in my other post.
7 Ways to Restore Balance during the Autumnal Equinox
1. Host/Attend a meditation midday session
In my last post, I mentioned that it was important to start being more conscious of your breath for the colder months in order to gain strength and resistances towards illnesses in the lungs. According to Chinese tradition, the autumnal equinox is associated with the lung organ and what better way to start it off than by a nice relaxing meditation focused on breath?? Just as we exhale all that does not serve us, so shall we release friendships or relationships that do not serve us during this dying time. This is a great time to really think about your future self;
who do you want to be?
What type of lifestyle do you want to have?
What makes you happy?
Is it time to let go of certain friendships or let new ones shine in order to achieve your happiness?
Host a small meditation session with those you wish to have in your life to help grow together consciously & spiritually. Meditate together to find balance and inner growth. Make it an outdoor session to feel the autumn air and get more in tuned with mother nature. Feel free to continue this meet up weekly or monthly during this beautiful season to continue balance.
2. Host/Attend an Overnight Potluck
Welcome fall in by honoring the equal night and host an all night Autumn Potluck! Invite those who you wish to strengthen your relationship with as well as those who are closest to you before the cold winter keeps you apart for a while. The potluck represents the harvest season and can help to start your inner harvest on the right track! Make sure the potluck dishes are all autumn themed, and somewhat healthy but don’t forget the apple pie. This is a great event to give thanks for what you have, loved ones close by and a wonderful feast.
This is the time for gratefulness and blessings, have your friends start the season off right by having each guest bring a non-perishable food for donation to a local food bank or shelter. So that those who are less fortunate also have something to be thankful for.
3. Start or Join a Nature Club
With the coming of Fall, the weather is once more a thing I enjoy when hiking. Start up a Nature Club for you and your kids to enjoy the changing of the season with others! Host a meetup once a week (or twice a month) for different activities such as: nature walks, nature scavenger hunts, bird watching, leaf and acorn collecting/crafting, or my all time favorite would be to visit an apple or pear orchard and pick the fruit yourself. Only pick what you need and don’t forget to can or freeze some for winter. Bring items from orchards or scavenger hunts home for nature tables or seasonal alter’s as well.
Check out my How to Start and Host a Nature Group for more information.
4. “Spring” Fall Cleaning
Prepare yourself for more time indoors by doing a fall “spring” cleaning and turn your home into a haven. Make room for all the indoor traffic and activity that will take place for the next few months by cleaning and decluttering all that no longer serves you or your family.
Once all is cleared out smudge your home with some white sage and marigold to bring in positive energy and restore balance. This process not only cleans physical clutter but mental clutter as well.
5. Decorate for Fall
Follow your mother’s footsteps by enhancing your home with fall decorations. Place baskets of fall items you find from nature walks around your home for more positive energy and setting up a fall nature table for your littles for fun and adventure. Don’t forget the fall wreath, pumpkins and apples or even these upcycled fall cans make perfect fall decor! Prep your home with plenty of candles and try to keep as much sun shining into your home by opening up shutters, blinds and windows.
Bring your backyard up to speed by putting beautiful winter squashes and pumpkins or hay bales around the yard. Give your garden and flower beds some love by clearing out weeds and getting them ready for winter.
6. Gratitude List
List making is one of my specialties. Sit your family down and make a gratitude list together or separately.
What are you thankful for?
If you did this as a family print it out and frame it in an area of your home that gets the most traffic, so each member can constantly be reminded. Make a cornucopia for your kitchen table and place your frame next to it to get a visual reminder of your bounty of blessings. Restoring this gratitude into your life will bring more abundance your way, you may even call this your inner harvest list.
Check out this awesome Gratitude Offering Bowl for more ways to have gratitude as a family or my post on 5 Mantras for Gratitude this Holiday Season to help keep your sanity during the busier parts of this season. 😉
According to Chinese philosophy, weeping is the sound of fall.
So allow yourself to weep for those who are no longer with us, as well as other special things you have lost. Take this time to restore yourself and build up courage for your path ahead.
In Japanese, Celtic and many other cultures, the Autumnal Equinox was not complete without a traditional visit to the ancestors and their graves. Reconnect with your family’s past and be thankful for your place in your family’s tree. Children love being told stories! Choose this time to talk about the cycle of death and rebirth through the seasons and all parts of life. Talk about stories of ancestors or even some fun autumn tales that were passed down to you.
Be sure to snap a photo & hashtag #omlivin of your yogi adventures! I would love to see your Spiritual side!
Thank you for reading today’s post! I hope it filled you with much insight and pushed you to restore balance in your life! Be sure to share this post and it’s ideas with your friends and family, don’t forget to come back tomorrow for more ways on how to bring in the autumnal equinox as a family!
PS: Don’t miss these awesome posts from some new friends on other ways to Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox or feel free to pin the image for later use!
Question of the Day:What is the first thing you love to do to welcome in the fall? Let me know in the comments down below!
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