Letting go of the old & Welcoming a change in Season!

 

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Autumn…Fall…Harvest…Maga…bounty…Intentions…letting go…Inward…Reflecting…Shedding…Darkness…Hearth…Fires…Gathering…Creating…Slow cooking…Fermenting…Canning…seeds…nesting…

This morning I sit, my mind meandering down old memories. I awake to the crisp dewy morning as I watch the steam rise from the earth and my first yawn blow out billows of smoke. The seasons are changing and days are growing colder. The dawn of Autumn, the cusp of winter. A Season for reflection, to harvest. How powerful and heart opening this journey is. Be raw, be the wounded soldier within just for a moment, but do remember how grateful moments like these are. A time to honour the seasons within and without.

What if instead of setting our intentions every year in January, we had this season of reflection, Autumn, to firmly set these goals in motion? In this cycle, we are supposed to reflect on ourselves, let what needs to fall fall back into the earth. Trees and plants spread their seeds, so why don’t we? If we could sit with this letting go of the old and reflect on what we would like to bring into this new cycle we will forever be growing.

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How to welcome the change in seasons this Autumn?

  1. Light a Candle

Tis the season for the sweet smell of burning bees wax! Lighting a candle also helps to call yourself present. I love to light candles as the days grown colder and darker.

2. Create your sacred space

What would it feel like to be cradled? Create that warm, nourishing space for yourself and go there from time to time to reflect and be with the wisdom within. My scared space changes from time to time and I almost enjoy creating it the most. I roll out my felted rug, gather my journals, books, pillows, blankets, sacred objects…

3. Journal

When you have settled into your sacred space, pull out your journal. What is alive in you at the moment? Write whatever arises down…sit with that a moment and play with creatively writing what “harvest…letting go…inward…” means to you. You may be called to reflect on your last season cycles, writing everything from emotions to events. After letting go of the old stories, write down your new intentions for the following seasons. Journaling for me is medicine, it is a straight portal to the wisdom that lies beneath our bones. Come back to this as often as you like.

4. Nourish

As the day grow colder, our bodies are needing more nurturing and warmth. Tea is sacred in this season and there is something about listening to the tea kettle blow and the crackle of fire. Herbs like, oatstraw, nettle, sage, rose, ginger, tulsi, linden and many more are just a few that I brew for nourishment. Tea is always your best friend and provides the mind, body, and spirit with everything you need at exactly the right time. Slow cooked meals are also vital as the day grow darker. Onions, leeks, roots, spices, broths, seaweeds, oils, beans are what is usually stewing in the kitchen for me. Most importantly, listen to your body and go slow! Enjoy slow meals with long mingling chatter with friends and family by the fire!

5. Gather

Make time to check up with each other, to hold each other, to laugh with one another, to tell stories and sing songs. As much as this season is an inward one, community is key! My spirit is always lifted after a beautiful gathering with friends and family sharing home cooked food! Create a gathering, whether is be a sister circle, a men craft night, or a shared potluck!

Enjoy the nourishment and sweet tenderness of fall and may all beings be blessed and honour their blessings!

 

axe!

Sophie

 

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The Tall Tale of The Chicken Whisperer

Hey guys, gals, and four legged freaks!

Two posts in one day! I am WordPress deprived. Anyways these photos are the warmest, coziest looking ones yet. Its the best feeling to wake up in the morning and check the coop, and find every color egg perfectly nuzzled in the hay. Maddie is the chicken whisperer, the hens love her! She even has names for each and every one. Biscuit to be her favorite of course. At the begging of this weekend, I went down for a day of tea and thrifting with Maddie and it just so happened that my camera was at my side. Maddie showed me all the secret egg laying spots around the farm. I never really realized that chickens could be so fascinating. The best part of the day though was watching a baby squirel and the hens fight. They were both scared of each other but didn’t seem to want to show it. It was a sight to see!

Anyways enjoy!

Sophie xox

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Greetings to Autumn with a Sunrise Swim

 

The sunday glooms…

I was scanning through my recent photos from this weekend, and came across some I forgot to post. Every Friday morning my old school, Santa Barbara Middle School, had a tradition of waking up at 6:45 in the morning to start your day of with the salty sea and the deep orange sunrise. Those who were brave enough become the polar bears who bathed themselves in the basking sunrise while the waves surpassed their neck lines. I was one of them. Last Friday I decided to relive my adventurous middle school days and see the threshold my body could possibly take. My sister, Ruby, is a polar bear at heart and always craved the frivolous waters. Spencer came as a newbie, but became hooked as he dove into the peaking sunrise and the refreshing sea. My friend, teacher, and dearest soul is the brains behind this madness, John. John lives by the words “seize the day”, and will always keep it true to heart. This is what we did that frosty Friday morning, we seized the day with the sea, sunrise, laughter, goosebumps, sandy toes, hot chocolate, and dreadful seaweed. And to our surprise, at that very time we were racing to the cold waters, Autumn was officially at place. For those who want a refreshing day and a new start to their season, go take a dip in cold water! I have done this in lakes, swamps, creeks, rivers, bath tubs, and the ocean! Here are some photos from my sunrise swim…

Sophie xo

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