Yesterday afternoon the Earth was parallel with the sun. There are only two times each year that the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere have equal hours of daylight, and yesterday was one of them. Beginning today, those of us living on the top half of the planet experience less sunlight each and every day (until the Winter Solstice in December). Nature takes it’s queue and responds accordingly: leaves begin to drop from the trees, plants and flowers die down in to the Earth, wild animals start rummaging for food to store away so they have nourishment during the barren months of winter.
It’s time for us to do the same. The active yang energies of summertime are now behind us, and the more serene yin energies are beckoning us to move inward. So many people I know are ready for the nouveau traditions of autumn: jeans, boots, pumpkin spice lattes, and football. We move our parties from the backyard to the cozy couch in front of the fireplace. A sear on the grill is replaced by slow cooking in the oven. The outward expression of the exuberance of life is welcomely overcome by inward reflection and the contemplation of the cycles of life.
As you pull out your fall decorations and your sweaters, consider the parts of yourself that you might like to shed, like the dried leaves on the tree that have run their course, so that you can cultivate something fresher, stronger, more beautiful. As you put out your candles, your gourds, your throws, and your wreathes, be mindful in their placement in your home.
A pair of cinnamon scented candles in your Love & Relationship area can add some spice to a tired love affair. A live succulent wreath hanging on the front door will welcome more resilient, nourishing energy into your home than one made of dried flowers. A full spectrum lightbulb in a lamp by a comfortable chair in your Knowledge & Self-Cultivation area will support the restoration and growth that can happen in these days when the sun sets earlier and a book and a cup of tea beckon us.
This fall I will be offering workshops on Mindful Design for your Home. I hope those of you who are in the metro-Atlanta area will join me! And as always, if you have any questions on how to create an environment that supports and nurtures the work you are doing to become your best self, I’m here for you!