The Fall Equinox begins on September 22, and is the beginning of the Fall season in the northern hemisphere. As sunlight decreases, plants and trees start slowing down, to get ready for the colder season ahead. As the arc of the Sun starts shifting south, birds and butterflies migrate along with the path of the sun.
Now is the time to welcome fall, reap the harvest and prepare for the upcoming winter months.
Here are some activities you may want to do to honor this annual event:
- Write down things for which you are grateful
- Walk in nature and observe changes in scenery
- Have (or attend) a bonfire. Consider writing wishes or gratitudes on paper to offer to the fire safely
- Draw or paint some fall scenery
- Prioritize wishes, dreams, goals for this season of your life
- Start a new meditation practice
- Honor your ancestors. In Japan, it is traditional to visit the graves of ancestors around the time of the autumn equinox.
- Start a new practice (Emotional Freedom Technique, Qigong, Yoga, Meditation)
- Send a note of gratitude to someone in your life
Acknowledge the changing of the seasons, the rhythm of life, the traditions (old and new) that help us mark (and live) the days of our lives.