Happy Autumnal Equinox!
This is a time of turning tides as the fullness and celebration of summer transitions into the inner quiet of winter, and this golden season in between has always been a favorite of mine for pausing to take a listen, feel deeply, and plant intentions for the next season.
The Autumnal Equinox is a really wild day, when you stop and think about it. At the equator, the day is perfectly equal to the night, in terms of length. Twelve hours of each, a perfect balance. It’s not common in the world to find balance, and when you do, it’s certainly fleeting. Time to take advantage of this environmental balance!
From Dr. John Doulliard:
“After the fall equinox, the earth’s tilt takes the northern hemisphere further away from the sun. As the sun’s energy towards us lessens, the body responds by increasing its digestive fire. Having a stronger digestion in the winter allows us to consume harder-to-digest and more dense foods such as root vegetables, meats, grains (yep, even gluten), nuts and seeds. This is a major principle in Ayurveda where the seasonal harvest antidotes the temperature of the season. For example, we harvest higher fat and denser, protein-rich foods in the fall to be eaten in the winter. These foods require a stronger digestive fire, which naturally occurs in winter when the sun is less intense.”
Think of Halloween as the transition day between switching from a summer to a winter diet. Detox + Reset Digestion are the most important diet priorities at the change of the seasons.
Here’s Dr. Douillard with a great video explaining the Equinox Rules:
Vata Season Approaches…
According to Ayurvedic theory, the Vata dosha begins to increase in the cooler, drier autumn season. The elements of Ether and Air predominate now (Ether + Air = Vata). We may feel more energized, creative and alert during this season. However, when Vata is imbalanced, we can experience restlessness or anxiety. In fact, the need for balance is more important than ever this time of year, as stress causes the Vata dosha to shift even more out of order, and this can lead to greater stress and imbalance.
Stay tuned – Self Care Resources for Vata Dosha coming next week!
May the Balance in your life sway peacefully today, and continue into seasons to come!