Embrace the rhythms of fall
“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease...”
- excerpt from "To Autumn Analysis" by John Keats
In our fast paced world it’s easy to fall out of touch with natural rhythms.
Autumn is the time to enjoy your bountiful harvest.
Now that the kids have harvested the bounty of their new school wardrobe and adjusted to fall schedules, tune into the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Try these tuning-in suggestions:
• Watch the changes of light and color
• Give thanks
• Walk up our hills and Breathe Deeply
• Take Epsom salt baths
• Make soup
• Plant your bulbs and dreams
• Put on your vest and gloves
• Enjoy sunsets over Puget Sound
• Walk the quiet beach
• Hike in Japanese Gulch
“The change of seasons is a good time to cleanse,” said Eastern Washington herbalist Patty Reynolds. “I like to fast with herbal teas like mint and sage.
Reynolds cleanses from the inside with bentonite clay to absorb toxins.
Starting with ½ teaspoon in water at bedtime, over time she increase the dose to 1-2 tablespoons.
She drinks eight glasses of water every day. Clay can slow the bowels, Reynolds said, so she takes extra fiber or Smooth Move herbal tea to keep everything running smoothly.
Your seeds of thought, like the fall bulbs, are being sown to grow into blooms next spring.
Stay focused on the bright spots in your life. Nurture them as they form new roots in the dark months to come.
Your harvest will yield happy surprises, keeping you aligned with the Earth’s natural rhythms.
Kay Wagner LMP & NASM Certified Personal Trainer, leads Yoga, Pilates, Free weights & Fit-ball in her studios overlooking the mountains and water, at 828 2nd St. in Mukilteo. Call 425-353-4545. Please visit HYPERLINK "http://www.kaywagnerwellness.com" www.kaywagnerwellness.com.