HOW HUMANS CAN GET THE MOST OUT OF THE FALL SEASON

Fall is when we need our inner-industriousness to be at peak performance. It is time to harvest and store all of the proceeds from our spring planting. Time to put away enough sustenance to last us throughout the upcoming winter season.

If you are not a gardener, you may be thinking ‘But Diane, I have no harvest to process. And I will simply purchase my ‘sustenance’ at the local supermart this winter’. I get it. This is the way the bigger part of the world turns.

However, consider that you can apply this ‘harvesting’ practice to many aspects of your life. It is natural for humans to want to engage in this type of activity using, mind, body, and soul, at this time of year.

So, look at what you may want to gather and ‘take into your winter stores’ throughout the fall season.

PUT SOME THOUGHT INTO YOUR DIETARY HABITS

Our ancestors put a great deal of energy into preserving food at this time of year. And if you are inclined to do a little canning, dehydrating, fermenting, or freezing food, it is really an edifying process. And one that rewards you twice. Once while you are participating in it. And, once again, when you get to enjoy the tasty treats you’ve put up in the cold of winter. There is something crazy special about a jar of canned peaches eaten in front of a big window, looking out over a snowy terrain, peppered with bare trees. For sure 😉

Regardless of whether or not you feel compelled to take part in the preservation of food for the winter season, this is a great time to take a close look at your dietary habits.

Ask yourself questions like …

Am I eating mindfully? Or just shoveling food in my mouth without much thought? Do I stick to healthy food most of the time? What can I do to improve my relationship with food?

Take a look at your answers, and then commit to making a few changes before the spring season rolls around again. And yes, I’m sorry to have to be the one to say it, but that may mean curbing your indulgence a bit over the holidays. Which, I assure you, sounds much worse than it is. I have been doing this for several years now. And I feel incredibly accomplished when I manage to stick to a few healthy guidelines over the holiday season. Incredibly accomplished, indeed 😉

SPEND SOME TIME PREPARING YOUR ‘NEST’ FOR WINTER

There are many creatures in the wild who use this season to prepare a space in which to spend the winter. Bears, squirrels, bats, frogs, turtles, and SO many more.

We as humans do not completely hunker down for the winter season. But many of us spend a great deal more time indoors. And fall is the perfect time to get your home ideally prepared for the additional time you will be spending in it.

Create a cozy space to curl up and read a few good books. And choose a few hands-on projects to be completed while you’re tucked indoors this winter. Personally, I love to crochet, sew, and create herbal medicinals from the dried herbs I’ve collected throughout the spring and summer. So I pick up yarn, material, thread, oils, jars, etc. Then they are already in the house and when I am ready to ‘get to work’ I can just go at it. Whatever your interests are … gather supplies and create spaces to carry them out in. It will work to your advantage in the long run.

DO A LITTLE PREP FOR A SPIRITUAL CLEANSE OVER THE WINTER SEASON

Fall is the perfect time to reflect a bit on any unhealthy thought patterns, emotional baggage, and negative behaviors we want to purge from our lives. Winter is the time to work on these things. It is a season meant for inner-reflection. And, fall precedes it quite intentionally. Nature has set it up that way. She is helpful like that.

So, take a few long walks. Gaze at the beauty of this glorious season. Feel the crispness of the air. Notice the downshift in the world around you. And oh-so-gently consider which things, in your present circumstances, are impeding your progress. What do you have in your life that holds you back from successfully reaching your goals?

Make note of them. And commit to revisiting them in the dead of winter. At that time you can analyze how to best free yourself from them. But, for now, simply recognize that they exist. And acknowledge that you are 100% capable of shedding them. It may take a bit of soul-searching. But it can be done. And you will tackle that process very soon, indeed ❤

If there are specific activities that you do every fall to ‘mark’ the season, please take a minute to share them with me in the comments. I love to learn from all of you. It is one of my favorite ways to grow!

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As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤

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