Change is on the way! Can you feel it?
There’s crispness in the air, daylight is noticeably shorter, and everything pumpkin has arrived.
Transition times can be experienced in many ways. At this time of year, I feel the energy of new beginnings along with an invitation to begin slowing down. I naturally seek quiet spaces, drink more fluids, and find myself sleeping longer. Perhaps you feel the same. Summer to autumn is a major shift, extending past weather conditions, impacting our biological, emotional, and mental well-being.
Don’t be surprised if during these upcoming weeks you find yourself with persistent sweet cravings, delicate digestion, slight weight gain, dodging big decisions, and distracted with a mind of worry. All these experiences are messages asking us to find our center and anchor down as another major change arrives.
Here are 5 healthy tips to remain centered as we transition into autumn.
- Soups, spices, and greens
During transitional times, our digestion needs a little extra nourishment. Digestive health impacts immunity, detoxification processes, hormone function, and state of mind. With the intention of finding our center, feeling anchored and supported, the foods we eat are leading the way. Fill your menus with soups and stews. The warm broth medium of these meals provides the best assimilation and extraction of energy, blood, and nutrients. Cook with healing spices such as turmeric, cardamom, cumin, fennel, ginger, and cinnamon. An added bonus would be to throw some bitter leafy greens in the last minute of cooking your soup/stew. Think arugula, spinach, escarole, and chard.
- Mindfully tie your shoelaces
Living in the present moment is a game-changer in how our days unfold. When we’re fully present to what’s right in front of us, we’re not in yesterday’s story or the worry of tomorrow. Since worry is heightened during transitional times, it’s even more important not to fall into habitual and reactionary behaviors. Each brief moment in the present makes a difference. Go ahead and pick an everyday activity and perform it with 100% of your attention. No conversations in your head. No listening to the television. No multitasking. Put your full attention on the action. It can be tying your shoelaces, making the bed, brushing your teeth, to sweeping the kitchen floor. Any everyday activity will do. Observe how it feels to be fully present, centered in that moment. The more actions we perform this way, the more we’re rewiring our brains, altering our stress responses, and out of tomorrow’s worry.
- Get out into nature
When life gets challenging, I naturally want to head to the woods. It’s incredible how something so simple can be so healing. Spending time in nature synchronizes our internal rhythms and helps ground us. Simply being outside is part of our regeneration, restoration, and healing processes. As we go through this transition time, our connection to Mother Earth is its strongest. Why? Well, we need the most nurturing during these times. So go ahead and get outside. Put your bare feet in the grass. Go for a hike. Sit in your backyard and feel the sunshine. If at all possible, head to the beach to watch the sunset.
- Practice a metta meditation
Being centered in life brings out our compassion and connection with others. When we’re in a state of compassion, it lessens our worry. When we feel connected to others, we’re more likely to remain open in unpredictable times. Begin practicing a metta (loving-kindness) meditation. Find a quiet space. Close your eyes and turn within. Observe your breath. Once you’re tuned into your breath, it’s time to send out love and peace. First, send this loving-kindness to yourself, and then to those you hold close to your heart—your friends and family. Then send loving-kindness to acquaintances, followed by people who have harmed you, and finally to all beings. Know that sending loving-kindness doesn’t condone behavior. It’s about sharing the energy of peace. Make sure to bring a person into your mind’s eye and feel the energy. Feel the loving-kindness and send it off sincerely.
- Keep a daily gratitude list
Any transition time, whether welcomed, expected, or full of unknowns, can challenge how centered we are in life. One way to feel centered and anchored is to place our attention on what we’re grateful for. Go ahead and write down ten things you’re grateful for. Do this every single day. Go deeper than your morning coffee or favorite sneakers. Perhaps it’s your partner’s unconditional support, the sheer playfulness of your nephew, or the freedoms you have in your life. Allow yourself this moment each day to reflect. You’ll find that living in a state of gratitude will bring more things to be grateful for.
I wish you a wonderful transition into autumn.
Want to dive deeper into how we’re impacted by Nature? Begin with The Hidden Messages in Food.
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