Must haves for the fall season

fallmusthavesCovers up to my eyes holding me down urging me to stay while I decipher the sound of the alarm and just how serious I am about that early morning workout, between the darker mornings and the extra chill in the air I’m finding it very difficult to get out of bed these days.

If you’ve been reading my work for a while you’ll know the importance I place on keeping a schedule, a daily routine, to keep the body and mind in rhythm with exceptions of course.  The past couple of weeks have proven to be challenging for me no doubt due to the change of season and increase in vata qualities (light, mobile, dry, rough, cold).  Ayurveda teaches that like increases like so to level myself I’ll need to incorporate more qualities that are the opposite of vata.

I thought I’d share with you my favorite fall must haves to help you navigate this new season at your best.

A warming oil – An organic sesame or almond oil would do just fine.  As soon as the warmth of summer is gone I switch my daily moisturizer from cooling coconut to warming sesame oil.  In fact similar to my love of coconut oil I think there is a bit of magic in good organic sesame oil as well.  Use for self-massage or as a moisturizer after a bath or shower, lotions are full of water (not to mention other items), rub on the soles of your feet before bed for a calm relaxed night sleep or drip a small amount into VERY dry ears for calming, focus, relief of insomnia or even when traveling if you tend to feel out of sorts when you’re away.

 

When my kids start to feel or look run down I immediately start with rubbing oil on their feet before bed, just apply a generous amount on the soles and cover with a pair of old thick socks.  We’ve also been successful in eliminating ear ache and pain with the oil drip, just be certain there isn’t water in the ear allowing an ample amount of time to dry following a shower.

 

Vata pacifying dietSimply put adding foods into your daily diet that are made up of the opposite qualities of the season will help offset any further vata disturbances.  As mentioned earlier vata qualities are cool, rough, light and dry so to balance we should be more aware of those qualities perhaps limiting them and increasing the opposite qualities of warm, moist and heavy.  And interestingly enough those are the qualities of the fruits and vegetables of the season like apples, carrots, sweet potatoes, acorn and butternut squash as well as beets.  Steamed or roasted vegetables will be more warming and grounding than a raw cold salad or raw vegetables.  Some other ways to pacify vata are to add more soups to your diet, eliminate cold drinks and food, add some oil or avocado to your meal or smoothie.         

 

I AM meditation – My daily meditation practice has had an ebb and flow over the years and I can certainly attest to the difference when I’m consistent and truly making time to meditate every day.   At times I begin my day with a meditation and writing session and other times I fit it in later in the day in a quiet 20 minutes I find in the afternoon.

Not that you need anything at all to meditate, this CD I found a few months ago is now a favorite to listen to.  It is the I Am Wishes Fulfilled Meditation by Dr. Wayne Dyer and James F. Twyman based on both of their books Wishes Fulfilled and The Moses Code.  It offers an introduction by Dr. Dyer explaining the I Am meditation and two 20 minute meditations that are instrumental only.  It’s beautiful and very calming.

 

Tea—Sipping warm water with lemon and even a touch of honey is one of the best things we can do for our body.  My daughter has been a bit congested the last couple days and she has started her day with warm water and lemon and before even leaving the house for school she feels the effect.  What she doesn’t realize is that this simple act also helps strengthen her digestion and hydrates her lymph system.  Enjoying a warm cup of water or tea will aid digestion, hydrate as well as incorporate the warm, moist and grounding qualities previously mentioned.

This is all before taking into account what type of tea you choose and the herbs that go into that tea.  Some favorites for the fall are ginger citrus and a decaf maple chai both loose teas from a local tea shop but you can also find some great bagged teas in the health food store.

 

If you’ve found this transition a bit difficult maybe you these can help you as well.

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Happy fall!

 

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