Celebrating the Harvest Season October 15, 2014
Fall is typically known as the harvest season. After the hot summer months, the crops are ripe with fruit, vegetables, and grains. Autumn is a season to celebrate the bounty of our hard labor, and the fruits of the Earth. The importance of the harvest throughout history is illustrated with rich traditions of feasts, festivals, and celebrations. Here are some ideas for celebrating the Harvest Season:
- Find some balance. Take a walk in the fresh crisp air. Connect to the trees, the fallen leaves, the smell of the Earth.
- Gather food and give it to those less fortunate. Clean out your cupboards or buy some extra food at the market to drop off at the shelter.
- Pick some apples. From a tree, the farmer's market, or the grocery store. They're soooo good this time of year.
- Count your blessings and give thanks. There are so many things to be thankful for.
- Spend some time with nature. Take yourself out to a natural setting. Go on a hike in the woods, visit your local park, go to the lake, go to the beach. Get out there and be still for a little bit. Become aware of your surroundings. Connect.
- Honor the darkness that is coming with the seasons. Without the dark, there would be no stars. Focus on enjoying the stars eagerly coming out to greet you with sparkly smiles.
- Tell stories aloud. Engage others with your tales, whatever they may be. Around the dinner table, by the fire, or on a walk make a point to tell some of your happier stories, rather than wax on about issues or problems. This will lift your mood and pave the for more good things to come.
- Make a pot of soup out of fresh finds from the garden or farmer's market. There is nothing like a bowl of soup to make you feel cozy, well-nourished, and warm.
- Plan a gathering to celebrate the unique energy of Autumn. Sit in a circle and give each person a chance to talk about what the season means to them and how they plan to make the most of it.
- Feather your nest for the cooler seasons ahead. Now is the perfect time to clear out the old stuff you are no longer using and refresh your decor for the colder months ahead. Do a deep clean, and bring out the fluffy blankets and candles.
- Do a home spa facial with an herbal facial steam, facial mask, and nourishing organic moisturizer to help your skin transition beautifully into the season. If you have the time, you can make these products from the DIY recipes in my book: 100 Organic Skincare Recipes.
- And don't forget to buy a pumpkin or two!!