Wellbeing, Wheel of the Year

Creating a space

One of my earliest indicators that Autumn is nearby is my desire to retreat. Woodland walks followed by cosy, quiet evenings, warming foods and the urge to make my space feel cosier and more relaxing.

In my previous post about transitioning to Autumn I discussed how typically this time of year can bring with it a more quiet and reflective energy that guides us inwards, as opposed to the bright and expansive days of the Spring and Summer months just ending.

As well as the call to make my general environment feel cosier at this time of year (blankets, candles, slippers at the ready) I also find myself wanting to create a more dedicated space where I can connect to my inner self through yoga, meditation, reading, reflecting or journalling. Having a dedicated space to quieten the mind can help us to strengthen and commit to our practices, especially if it feels soothing and inviting to be there and doesn’t require setting up each time.

Some people use the word ‘altar’ to describe a focused sacred space, but it can be whatever feels meaningful to you. I have been lucky enough to have a whole summer house as a dedicated meditation room in an old house. Now whilst we are staying with family I have a chest of drawers in front of where I place my yoga mat. I have also used a shelf or a windowsill to put things that are meaningful to me. The key is the intention that your space holds. Things precious to you. Things that have meaning and support you to practice self care. Things that help you to reflect, quieten your mind and encourage you to return often and feel safe.

I would love to hear about any pulls you have as Autumn approaches, and also whether you find having a space supportive. We will be continuing to share suggestions to help you connect to our new season ahead, in the run up to the Autumn Equinox.

Wellbeing, Wheel of the Year

Transitioning to Autumn

According to earth-based traditions, the upcoming Autumn Equinox marks the transition from an outward focus of growth and energy to an inward one. But what does this actually mean?

If we look to nature at this time, we will notice that the active growth of Spring and Summer is beginning to wane. The energetic greens, are transitioning to the oranges, browns and reds of Autumn as the hours of daylight continue to recede.

The word equinox stems from the Latin meaning ‘equal night’ the point at which day and night length are in balance. After this point, night length continues to increase and we see the balance tip towards darkness, this time onward is referred to as the ‘dark half’ of the year.

In the natural world we may recognise that the earth is starting to slow down and retreat inwards. Animals hibernate, leaves fall, and energy returns back down underground to the roots. The focus is no longer on expansion, or outward growth but on receding, rest and nourishment.

When we live seasonally, we may notice the invitation to also begin slowing down around this time. Our energy changes, and we may feel the urge to hibernate too. Some find it easier to adjust to the seasonal transition than others, and it can evoke feelings of loss or sadness at the end of another Summer.

In the run up to the Autumn Equinox I am going to be sharing some practices that I have found helpful to ease this seasonal transition and celebrate the season ahead. We will also be sharing our free seasonal wellbeing guide so stay tuned.