With harvest and autumn equinox in the northern hemisphere, it is a potent time to feel gratitude, reflect and release what no longer feels in alignment for you. Our regular wellbeing columnist, Hannah Wallace, explores how we can harness the power and magic of this Autumn harvest season.
I also want to acknowledge that it will be the spring equinox in the Southern Hemisphere, which is a different energy entirely, but this piece will focus on the Autumn equinox.
Harvest and Autumn tie in well together because, before we can think about what we need to release, it’s important to be grateful for what we have.
This is the Harvest Energy, and with the intensity of summer, we quickly get lost in its hedonistic ways and all the busyness and activities that summer brings.
A time for gratitude
Harvest allows us to reflect on what we have and what we are grateful for.
So if you are reading this, I invite you to firstly make a gratitude list and spend some time connecting to the feeling of gratitude. Often when we are so busy and have lots going on, we forget to feel gratitude for what we have.
Never underestimate the importance of gratitude, and take time to reflect on the summer for what has been. Sometimes we miss the small things that have positively happened because things and our busy lives have consumed us.
Taking the time to do this helps you pause and have a mini reset, which is always needed for things to integrate. Plus, the energy of gratitude, no matter where you are in life, is always positive.
Try to do a gratitude practice regularly, just three things a day, and trust me, you will notice the difference.
The Autumn Equinox
The powerful gratitude energy leads you to the Autumn Equinox, which is a point in the year where we get a day of equal light and darkness (this also happens as we transition to Spring).
The Equinox allows us to pause as we transition through the seasons. As Autumn is the gateway to Winter, it is vital to slow down so the change does not feel as sudden.
Autumn is a beautiful time to let go and release; we see this visibly in nature as the trees shed their leaves and many plants and flowers die off ready for Winter hibernation.
We also enter into the last quarter of the year; it’s essential to let go of some of the weight we have been carrying.
So think about a few things that are no longer working in your life:
What do you need to let go of?
What has been feeling challenging?
What feels out of alignment?
The answers to these questions will be personal to you, and there’s no right or wrong here, which is essential to remember.
Letting go isn’t always easy, so be gentle and kind with yourself while doing this process; you don’t need to rush this process.
All of this allows you to create some space in your life and free yourself.
Prepare yourself for the season
Lastly, Autumn is an excellent time to think about bringing something into your life to nourish yourself, ready to prepare for the season and as we move towards Winter.
With space you’ve created from letting go, there’s nothing better than bringing something nourishing instead. So think: what can nourish your life right now?
Remember, this is also a time to slow down a little, so think about where you can do this in your life. Less is more; we often have a fear we need to be doing everything.
The need to be constantly “doing” actually blocks us, so slowing down and creating space allows us to receive more easily with less resistance.
You can settle into the Autumn magic; wrapping up, getting outside, kicking leaves about, and then going inside and snuggling in with a warm drink.
Happy Autumn to you all.