Following on from Summer, as long, hot days become shorter, is Autumn. And with a naturopath’s perspective, let us learn how can we take advantage from the energetics of autumn.
Autumn is the season where the leaves on trees change colour before they fall showing us how nature is preparing for the coming Winter months. Things start to cool down and dry out, storing energy away for the future.
In Australia, our true Autumn comes a little later than most of us think. It comes around the Autumn equinox, which usually occurs in late March. The equinox occurs when there are equal amounts of daylight and of darkness. This reflects an equal balance of Yin and Yang energies in Chinese medicine. From here, the balance shifts away from the Yang – which is brightness, heat, activity, and growth – to the Yin which is darkness, stillness, and introspection.
Autumn is a pivoting time for the energy of the world around us. It is shifting away from growth and renewal and towards the stillness of introspection. A different type of energy is being celebrated. This is the time to look at how far we have come, and honour growing older. It is a time to remember and pay homage to those who have gone before us, leaving a path for us to follow.
Take the time to use your energy wisely during the Autumn, practicing discernment. When you spend the time looking within, you should identify what is no longer serving you. Find the things in your life that no longer belong and shed them; exactly like a tree shedding its leaves.
This is not a time of ending; it is a time of preparing – a time of a new beginning. A time of rest and reflection at the end of which you are reborn.
Energetics of Autumn: New Habits
Keep your mind and body healthy with some new habits for this Autumn:
- Eat seasonally to ensure your body gets the nourishment it needs as the seasons change.
- Have warm foods; this can mean cooked food but it also refers to foods that are warming by nature like ginger, cinnamon and other spices.
- Try to lean towards more pungent foods – foods that have a strong, sharp taste (or smell). Check our list of organic products here.
- Take the time to reflect and be introspective; embrace the nature of autumn.