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Autumn Equinox Shows Us Progress and Gratitude

Sep 19, 2022

Welcome to fall! The leaves are turning, the apples are ripe, the harvest is coming in, and we can start to see the season changing to cooler, darker days, leading to hibernation and winter months.

Whether you are a fan of pumpkin spice or not (I'm not going to enter that debate!), we can all start to feel the transition that September, and in particular, the Harvest Moon and the Autumn Equinox brings.

What is the Autumn Equinox? It is on or about September 22 in the Northern hemisphere, and is when the sun is exactly over the equator, leading to an equal day and night length.

Symbolically, it is time when we are starting to recognize and celebrate the harvest of the year - not only in terms of our gardens' bounties, but also in our own lives, as well. 

This is a time of self-examination, a time of gratitude for all that you have done, all that you have strived for, all that you have yet to achieve.

A time of gathering, and a time of preserving.

A time of preparing for the longer, cooler nights spent indoors, perhaps enjoying some of the preserved foods you've made during the summer, or perhaps reaping the rewards of your hard work in other endeavours during the year.

It is a time of looking back to what was, celebrating what is, and looking forward with joy to what may come.

So how can we celebrate?

Easily! Here is a short list that you can pick and choose from to celebrate this beautiful day on your own, or with friends or family.

1. try our Autumn Equinox gentle yoga event! September 22 from 7-8:30PM ET try our gentle online class, you can sign up here: 

2. Make a gratitude list - write down each and every little thing you are grateful for, from sunsets, to tea, to friends, to the gifts of tomatoes left on your porch from neighbours. Feel that gratitude through every cell of your being.

3. Decorate your home! Perhaps put a small pumpkin or a bowl of apples on your table, plant some chrysanthemums, or use corn stalks to decorate your front porch (I'm not very good at the outdoor decor thing, but I'm trying).

4. Make a fall-themed meal by using in-season foods, like butternut squash, potatoes, tomatoes, apples.

5. Plan or begin a new project, perhaps a small craft or something larger for your home or career.

Be present, be grateful for the past, while looking hopefully to the future, acknowledging your hard work and worthiness of rest!

How will you enjoy the Equinox this week? Let me know in the comments below!



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