Towards the beginning of Three Hares creation, in the heart of Summer, I challenged everyone to 9 Simple Acts.
How did you fair in the heat of Summer? Were you able to focus on one or two of these little gems? I know that I myself tried my best, and that is all that can be said for that (I swore off bottled water and any other beverage that was in plastic). You can’t imagine how many convenient stores and gas stations do NOT have glass bottles! Haha… it was challenging but it was fun! It was a bit of a treasure hunt, and I continue to incorporate it into my daily Life…
So now, I am inspired & a bit excited to make a list a bit more centered around Autumn Practices.
1. Pumpkin-Spice Lattes are back!
“I sip, and drink, and warm my heart.”
This is the time of year when the days start to get colder and our bodies get dryer. Hydrating can help you stay plump and happy. Teas, cocoas, and coffees are a happy way to warm the insides as well as keep that skin happy. Just remember that teas and coffee are diuretics, so be sure to continue to drink the recommended 5-8 glasses a day.
2. Make a Medicine Cabinet: Roots, Herbs & Teas.
“Food is medicine.”
Garlic, Ginger, Comfrey, Echinacea & Goldenseal can be powerful aides against cold & flu season. Adding garlic & ginger to your diet will add a necessary warmth that can fight off the nastiest bug.
Garlic contains minerals and Vitamins B and C as well as works as a stimulant, diuretic, diaphoretic, expectorant, antiseptic, disinfectant, and also as a germicide and vermicide (kills germs and worms). Try chewing Parsley to balance out your breath if you are worried about the odor, but really, it only lasts for a few minutes and can be balanced out well when eaten with other foods. Try making garlic oil to cook with and adding it to salad dressings. Use it as a topical for congested chests or even on the soles of feet.
Comfrey both root and leaf is known as one of the great healing plants. High in protein, vitamins and minerals, it is a soothing expectorant, aids cell growth, heals wounds, tissues and bones, as well as stops bleeding.
Echinacea is an antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. It helps to PREVENT most illnesses, so start taking it now to boost your immune system. It helps on a lesser degree when you are already sick.
Goldenseal can be used as an antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory. Used as a gargle it works wonders!
3. Give yourself a Spa Treatment!
“I love the skin I am in!”
It’s a Dove ad as anything else, but these words have true meaning. This is the time to prepare our minds, bodies, and spirits after the long hard and hot summer we put them through. So invest in a good loofa or pumice stone, a good moisturizer, and remember that all that hot water you’ll be using (and let’s be real: me too) opens up the pores and can make us colder. Simply rinse off with colder water to pump up your nervous and circulatory systems, shrink those pores and increase your immune system!
4. Check out that foliage…
“Splendor of the valley colours my Spirit in a rainbow.”
Going up to the mountains for a drive is one of my favourite things to do this time of year. Driving through the falling leaves makes you think you’re driving through confetti! All the deep browns, and purples; all the bright yellows, oranges and reds feed the eyes and feed the soul. Take a date up and share a kiss on a mountain top. What other excuse do you need?
5. Build Your Altar.
“Each item is a gem and reflects my inner Spirit.”
All of you know how much I love altars! Outdoors, indoors, in your car. Anywhere you want, any place you can organize a select few of items rich with meaning is an altar. Incorporate seasonal items: gourds, pumpkins, pomegranates, leaves, pictures of departed loved ones. This is the time of year to harvest the year past, reflect, and look towards a new year!
“Harvesting is more than just about food, it’s about Soul.”
Reflect on what you have harvested this year. What were your accomplishments? Where did you travel? Who did you choose to share your memories with? Who and how have you become the person who reads this now? It’s time to mull it all over and drink the wine of your Life.
7. Go on a Hay Ride!
“Somewhere along this country road, is paradise.”
Every year I go with a bunch of soul-friends to pick pumpkins& apples and go for a hay ride. The gentle rocking back and forth, the sound of the horse’s hooves hitting the dirty paths through the orchard is melodious, rhythmic, and trance like.
8. Apple Cider & Donuts!
“My autumn breath is crisp like an apple and smells sweet with cider!”
As with the hay ride idea, it could not go on without some cider and cider donuts! I have so many fond memories of my grandmother making donuts this time of year in her huge black iron skillet. What better an adventure exists than to be warmed with food and drink and heart, whilst drinking up the autumn leaves changing colour?
“May this scarf warm not only my heart, but my soul.”
That’s right! It’s time to bring out the wools, the scarves, the hats, the jackets. The heavier blankets and comforters. It’s time to store away the garden tools, the breakable statuary, the patio furniture. Time to winterize the windows and stack the wood. Time of making lists, lists for presents, and parties, and bills. Time to reflect on projects done, and unfinished. What needs to be done? And what needs to simply be thrown away?
10. Stews, soups, and roasts! It’s Potluck time!
“Harvestide is here, and my heart swoons with pleasure as I celebrate with my loved ones.”
This time of year brings us all so much closer. Closer for warmth, closer for food, closer for laughter, and closer for love. What better way to celebrate the season than to plan a dinner filled with delicious harvested foods, drinks, and music? A season of thanksgiving, of gratitude, of appreciation. Encourage your friends to get on the bandwagon, and host a different meal each week at a different one’s home. It doesn’t need to be grand. Just cook what you normally would and share in it together. Mmm…delicious now isn’t it?