As a gardener and an Earth sign, I instinctively adjust my internal clock to the rhythms of nature. The changing seasons has always had a deep impact on me. I am constantly searching for ways to be present, connected, and observant of these times of transition, in the midst of daily life. This weekend is the Autumnal Equinox. Daylight will be getting shorter, and darkness longer. As we transition into Fall, I invite you to spend time outside– notice how the earth and air feels different. Savor the last of the fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and peaches. Pull out your favorite sweater.
I honestly love this time of year. I am eager for the cool nights and fall colors. We are making fires in the fire pit out back in the early evenings to burning this year’s trimmed tree branches, roasting sweet potato chips, and pulling out the stash of fuzzy blankets.
The Equinox is a perfect time to express gratitude for what the past summer has offered. What can you celebrate? Time with family? A captivating book or podcast? A summer excursion? A new self care routine? Whatever comes to mind, write it down to make it a tangible offering of thankfulness.
Is there a small way you can bring closure to something so you can move into this next season? Pack away summer swimsuits? Feed the roses as they prepare to sleep for the winter?
To create a Micro-Gratitude Ritual, consider writing down your answers. Anything from a gorgeous piece of paper to a simple napkin will do. Just make it tangible to offer thanks and open your heart to more of what you love:
- What can you celebrate today?
- Where can you bring closure?
- What can you release to make space for something fresh?