5 TIPS

for Autumn

 

by  Anna Mackenzie

5 TIPS

for Autumn

 

by  Anna Mackenzie

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FOLLOW SEASON’S CHANGE

The few days between each season is always slightly in flux. Take August to September: change in the air is tangible, in the sound, the position of the sun, moon and stars. And we gently change; from fire time of summer (rain or no rain) into gathering time of Autumn. As farmers harvest the food they have grown for us, we too, consciously gather in the experiences of our year so far and consolidate, digest and learn from them. The gift to ourselves is to give thanks for them.

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FOLLOW SEASON’S CHANGE

The few days between each season is always slightly in flux. Take August to September: change in the air is tangible, in the sound, the position of the sun, moon and stars. And we gently change; from fire time of summer (rain or no rain) into gathering time of Autumn. As farmers harvest the food they have grown for us, we too, consciously gather in the experiences of our year so far and consolidate, digest and learn from them. The gift to ourselves is to give thanks for them.

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BE THANKFUL

Giving thanks for the smallest things, successes or failures, in the midst of a difficult and tumultuous world keeps us healthier and happier.

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NOURISH YOURSELF

Strawberries and summer fruit and salad are now naturally out of season. They kept us cool. Now there are blackberries in every hedgerow and apples to pick, to cook and preserve and eat warm, giving us natural vitamin C and antioxidants. For centuries these have been preserved to nourish us through winter. Rather than use refined sugar, use organic rice syrup, maple syrup or honey. 

This is what time is for – to nourish ourselves through our own effort and joy.

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NOURISH YOURSELF

Strawberries and summer fruit and salad are now naturally out of season. They kept us cool. Now there are blackberries in every hedgerow and apples to pick, to cook and preserve and eat warm, giving us natural vitamin C and antioxidants. For centuries these have been preserved to nourish us through winter. Rather than use refined sugar, use organic rice syrup, maple syrup or honey. 

This is what time is for – to nourish ourselves through our own effort and joy.

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START TO WARM UP

Gathering in is the conscious preparation to stay healthy through the cold winter to come, so we are less likely to develop colds or flu. Now is the time to start warming our whole system. Wear more clothes. Cook with root vegetables and delicious millet or quinoa, more stews and soups, dark leafy steamed greens instead of salad, lentils and beans with some wakame seaweed. Tofu or tempeh fried and served with shoyu and mustard sauces. Let’s not forget organic sauerkraut and pickles (see our Recipes in this newsletter). Our stomach and spleen will benefit and support us. 

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BE IN SYNC WITH NATURE

When we care for our own energy and it’s in sync with nature’s energy, then we see more easily also how to care for our Mother Earth. Help her. Respect your patch of garden, don’t throw away plastic or waste water. Use the bus or train and walk a lot. Take with you an inner smile of love and optimism.

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BE IN SYNC WITH NATURE

When we care for our own energy and it’s in sync with nature’s energy, then we see more easily also how to care for our Mother Earth. Help her. Respect your patch of garden, don’t throw away plastic or waste water. Use the bus or train and walk a lot. Take with you an inner smile of love and optimism.