SAN DIEGO, September 22, 2015 — In the Northern Hemisphere, the first day of autumn falls on September 23 this year.
The advent of autumn is at the September equinox and ends at the winter solstice.
Year after year, deciduous trees begin losing their leaves as shorter days and cooler nights portend the end of summer.
Nature’s flora bursts into the glorious fall colors of orange, yellow, red and purple.
Fruits, vegetables and grains planted during summer months are ready to be harvested and enjoyed.
“For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing…” – Edwin Way Teale
Autumn can be a time conducive to meaningful reflection.
As days become cooler and nights become longer, reflections of past autumns can come to mind, bringing cherished memories such as the beginning of a new school year, apple picking, pumpkin patch visits, eating pumpkin pies, Halloween fun and frights, Thanksgiving family gatherings and more. Remembering those who were there to share in the beauty of this season can add to the poignant feeling of autumn.
As a comparatively mild season with its place between the brightness of summer months and the gloom of winter months, autumn can also be a time for personal renewal.
“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus
According to “Autumn: Reflections on the Season,” published in Spirituality and Practice, “Fall is a season for balancing light and dark, letting go, and accepting the impermanence of things.”
It is further suggested that the natural changes of autumn be embraced, while learning the intrinsic lessons taught by this season.
- Balancing the light and darkness of autumn as it parallels the light and dark aspects within oneself.
- Letting go and letting life unfold naturally.
- Acknowledging impermanence and the changing nature of life.
As autumn brings to heart the natural wisdom that life is as ever-changing as the season itself, it shines a light on the critical importance of maintaining overall good health.
One delicious way to do this is to enjoy the abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables such as vitamin- and antioxidant-rich pumpkins, sweet potatoes, pears, apples, cranberries and more.
“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.” – Samuel Butler
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Maintain an exercise routine which adapts to the changing autumn temperatures and darker nights.
The darker days of autumn provide an opportunity for increasing home-centered activities such as reading, relaxing by a roaring fire, watching movies, playing card or board games, sharing meals with family and friends and other cozy activities which encourage the more relaxed side of life.
Autumn is a magical, warmth-tinged season, providing a unique opportunity to revel in its natural wonder while pondering its unspoken message of reflection and renewal.
“There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!” – Percy Bysshe Shelley
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!
Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is a health care provider of over 30 years. As a featured “Communities Digital News” columnist, LifeCycles with Laurie Edwards-Tate emphasizes healthy aging and maintaining independence, while delighting and informing its readers. Laurie is a recognized expert in home and community-based, long-term care services, and is also an educator.
In addition to writing for “Communities Digital News,” Laurie is the President and CEO of her firm, At Your Home Familycare, which serves persons of all ages who are disabled and infirm with a variety of non-medical, in-home care and concierge services.
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