The Autumnal Equinox, occurs at the moment the Sun enters tropical Libra. Technically, the day of Equilux is when we have the same amount of light as dark, and it’s not always on the same day.
Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes.
If it were always a fist or always stretched open,
you would be paralysed.
Your deepest presence
is in every small contracting and expanding,
the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated
as birds’ wings.
~Jalal ad-Din Rumi
Rumi, born with a Libra Sun, is a beautiful embodiment of this energy of balance and harmony – appreciating our need to harmonise with life’s cycles so we can step back from activity and restore our energies in this period of decreasing light. As the French say: “reculer pour mieux sauter” (stepping back for a better jump).
What Do We Do?
And do we pull back? No!
Ayurveda teaches us to live along with the energy of each season, and shows us how to adapt our diets and daily routines to the time of day, the weather and the seasons. Far from being complicated, it is deeply wise in its simplicity!
When there is less light, sleep more. When it’s cold outside, eat food that warms you up. When nature provides an abundance of certain foods locally, eat mostly that. Avoid extremes of temperatures to keep the kidneys happy. Cover your neck, wrists, ankles and lower back when its cold, just like your grandma said. Easy peasy.
If you find you get agitated and nervous from windy days, drink a warm tea of cinnamon, ginger and cardamom to balance Vata. If you find yourself lethargic and wanting to eat too much, take a walk to your local
Few Ways That Can Help
As adults and parents, we need to model to our children what it is we claim to want – a life of less stress and struggle, more ease and joy. Each day provides an opportunity to do this in simple, small ways. Going to bed early, at least a few days a week, is a good start. Eating a nourishing meal together, calmly, avoiding controversial topics of conversation or even keeping a few moments of relaxed silence to simply chew better; avoid over-scheduling or micro-managing life; take time to really enjoy unscheduled recreation, maybe a walk in a park or forest… any of these things will improve your well-being, by becoming more mindful.
Your yoga practice should also adapt to the season, taking time to move gently and warm up the body, doing more relaxation and ojas-building practices to keep your energy
We are all wise, when we take the time to listen to our inner wise person. Explore your inner wisdom as a way of finding a better balance in your life, and if you want support in doing so, join us for the Mindful Living course or a yoga class when you can.