Are you finding yourself drawn to any new rituals this Fall? A good friend of mine and I decided to do a Fall cleanse this year. Before you go imagining days on end of vegetable juice, hear me out. For the first time we decided to put together a cleanse that wasn’t primarily diet based. There was no end goal, no harsh/restrictive guidelines, and weight loss was NOT the motivation behind it all. We each personalized an individual cleanse for ourselves that was simple, gentle, and positive. We chose things like waking up earlier (to an alarm) and not spending time on our phones to kick off the day, drinking more water and tea throughout the day, making more homemade meals instead of buying lunch (to feel more connected to the food we are eating), dedicating time to read the neglected books on our shelves and spending less time watching the TV/computer screen each night, going for walks, stretching, breathing, staying really warm (with cozy clothes, baths, hot water bottles in bed) and really trying to be mindful and present in our bodies. We did what felt right and simple said no (without guilt) to those situations that didn’t.
Fall is the season of creativity. By clearing out space and nurturing my body both physically and mentally, I have been able to really connect with the creative energy this season. I’ve been doing a lot of journalling and even a little meditation. I’ve been inspired by podcasts, blogs, music, and a ton of books that I can’t wait to dive into. I’ve come across some pretty incredible and inspiring individuals out there sharing their work. It’s definitely been one of those weeks where I wish sleep wasn’t required to function because it would give me so many extra hours in the day. I was sad when Summer came to an end, but Fall has awakened a whole new world!
“There are times to cultivate and create, when you nurture your world and give birth to new ideas and ventures. There are times of flourishing and abundance, when life feels in full bloom, energized and expanding. And there are times of fruition, when things come to an end. They have reached their climax and must be harvested before they begin to fade. And finally of course, there are times that are cold, and cutting and empty, times when the spring of new beginnings seems like a distant dream. Those rhythms in life are natural events. They weave into one another as day follows night, bringing, not messages of hope and fear, but messages of how things are.” ― Chögyam Trungpa.
Have you felt inspired and creative lately? I would highly recommend doing a gentle Fall cleanse this month to clear out some space in your life. This might look different for everyone, listen to what you need at this time. You never know what opportunities and possibilities will arise when you give yourself a little extra space!
Lots of love.