If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you are most likely starting to feel the change in the air.
Each September we anticipate the Autumnal Equinox. From then on, the days will get darker and darker of course that will lead up to the “shortest” day of the year, the winter solstice. Although many of you may really love the fall, I know that others will dread the change in season. Depending on your dosha (vata, pitta or kapha), your individual Ayurvedic constitution has a lot to do with how you handle each season. Fall is a combination of Pitta (as long as the warmer weather prevails) and then moves into Vata as the winds pick up and the air gets colder and dry. So if you are a predominately Vata dosha, Vata season may throw you for a loop! To find out your dosha, take this quiz.
Below is a list of ways to stay “grounded” this season. Keep in mind, everyone will experience Vata season differently depending on where you live and what your dosha is so these are some general rules to be taken with a grain of salt.
1. Continue to connect your feet to the earth as much as possible, even if it is only in your warm house. Having your bare soles touch the ground is essential in remaining grounded.
2. Maintain a routine. Vata types tend to move unpredictably like the wind. Have a consistent eating, sleeping and work routine to remain centered during this season.
3. Set goals for the last quarter of the year. You don’t have to wait for New Year’s to set goals. Goal setting is grounding and organizing in itself and will help you from moving in circles without end.
5. Wear soft fabrics in earthy colors or light pastels to calm Vata. Check out some of my previous posts (October and November) on some of Autumn’s colors of the month according to Colorstrology. Also visit these posts for advice on some great essential oils to be used this season.
6. Drink hot herbal teas to warm the body. (Ginger is especially warming to the body and cinnamon is a great stabilizer for the body.)
7. Cook your veggies. Again think of warming the body. Stay away from raw veggies for this season and cook them or even make soups out of them.
8. Learn to love sesame oil. You can use it to cook with but you can also massage the body with it to help moisturize and protect it from this dry season. You can also use a Q-tip to apply a little sesame oil inside your nasal passages to keep them from over-drying.
9. Meditate. Even if it’s only 5 minutes a day. Although there are many resources on meditating, I love Kim Nicol’s (fellow willPower Life contributor’s) approach to meditation. Be sure to check out her site.
10. Be mindful and remain aware of your surroundings. I find the willPower word of the week always keeps me mindful and aware of my surroundings. Some how the word always fits. Read the word, breath the word, apply the word.
Good luck this season staying grounded!