With the arrival of the Fall equinox, the autumn season has officially begun!
Besides some leaf peeping, apple picking, and getting a cup of Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte, it’s also the perfect time to reflect on the past, make changes in your life, and most of all, reconnect with your inner self, others, and the natural world.
Here are some rituals to help you get you started:
Tune into your senses and discover what each reveals. As you take in a breath of the fresh morning air or listen to the stillness of night, what do you smell or hear? Look around at the changing colors, what do you see and feel? Let your senses guide you to greater awareness of your surroundings and allow new seeds to be planted in your mind that can in time grow and flourish.
Reflect on your challenges and triumphs in the past year. Think about what you learned from each experience and how you can apply your newfound awareness to cultivating a better, more conscious and positive self. Recognize the futility of negative emotions or thoughts, and rid habits that hold you back from living the life you want.
Think about those individuals who have been by your side in the good times and the bad. Act on your feelings of appreciation and show your gratitude for their love and support. Let them know that they are important in your life and how much you value their companionship. A genuine ‘thank you’ can go a long way.
Now that the heat has died down, take a stroll in your neighborhood or a nice hike along nature’s trail. As you walk, free your mind from daily distractions and take in the sounds and sights around you - the whistling of the trees and everything that coexists. Feel the earth beneath your soles. Allow your body to guide you naturally forward and toward finding inner peace.
Fall is a time for harvesting, but it is also a time for giving. Whether it’s helping a neighbor, friend, or a complete stranger, you will find that in giving to others, you will feel more fulfilled, purposeful, and mentally stimulated. Show generosity and inspire others to act in kindness.
Sense, reflect, appreciate, walk, and give. By taking these simple steps and becoming aware of your connection to the outer world, you will become more attuned to your inner self, discover what you truly want, and improve your overall well-being.
Got a moment? Stop by Futureproof Wellness for some FREE sample tea tasting as we welcome the Fall season, and maybe share some of your fall rituals with us!