My garden is droopingly thirsty and I wore a jacket for the first time today. Now that fall is here, I'm inviting it with open arms envisioning incorporating oranges, browns and reds into my kitchen, yard and clothes.
Since I'm always looking for an excuse to throw a party, the Autumn Equinox which falls on September 22, is a good occasion for a ritual feast. Here are five easy ways to incorporate the changing of seasons into your life.
1. Decorate. Adorn the table with colorful autumn leaves in a basket. Display the fruits of the harvest - corn, gourds, nuts, grapes, apples or decorate with wildflowers, acorns, nuts, berries, cocoons, anything that represents this time of year to you.
2. Plan a meal. Using seasonal and symbolic fruits and vegetables create a meal to represent the harvest. You can serve bread, squash, corn, apples, cider, tea and wine.
3. Give Thanks. Give thanks for the gifts you've received this year. You can represent your thanks symbolically (tying a ribbon on a tree branch or pouring some wine on the ground) or directly (by making a stronger commitment to recycling or scattering seed for the birds).
4. Creating Balance. Use this time of balance, to look closely at the balance in our life. How do you balance your personal needs with your commitments to the outside world? How do you receive and how do you give? You might want to reflect on this in your journal, during yoga or meditation.
5. Learning and Creating. This is a good time to begin new projects. As the nights lengthen, you have more time to be alone and concentrate. Give yourself permissions to try something absolutely new.
If none of those ideas work into your weekend, you can always head over to The Morton Aboretum. They will celebrate the Autumn Equinox by taking a walk to a variety of hands-on stations that engage all five senses focusing on the natural and cultural heritage of this season.
From this point on, nights become longer and days become shorter as sunrise appears a little further south on the horizon each day.
Can't we all use a little renewal in our lives? Do you have a ritual when season's change?