Marking balance between day and night, the fall Equinox is the official start of Autumn. After the Equinox, the days slowly get darker until we reach the Winter Solstice. Mother Nature slows down and the natural cycles of decay begin. Even though the landscape may change and the leaves begin to turn brown and fall, this season is one of harvest and bounty. While this may sound like a contradiction, there is also a contradiction to each of our energy. We harvest the energies of the vibrant and busy Spring and Summer Seasons, only to see some of these energies wither and fade in Autumn.
The Root Chakra is associated with the Autumn Season and encourages a time to pay attention to our basic needs: our homes, the food we eat, our bodies and the things that ground us after the high energies of summer. With the days growing longer and darker, we may decide that this is the time to adjust our daily routine. Maybe waking up a bit earlier to make the most of the daylight hours. This may also be the season to enjoy Chakra balancing exercises, energy clearing baths, meditation and journaling.
We can shift to more leisurely and earthly activities or spend more time in nature by walking or hiking and enjoying Mother Nature’s natural beauty of changing leaves, fresh air and Vitamin D.
Eating root vegetables, especially those whose colors are similar to the shades of the changing leaves, boosts our immune system, connects us to the energies of the season and to the Root Chakra. Some foods that will help boost our immune system, are packed with a high concentration of antioxidants and contain Vitamins A, B and C and Iron are beets, turnips, potatoes, onions and garlic.
Fall is a time for alignment and balance, staying grounded by taking care of the basics, enjoying the beauty of nature and our lives and to trust the energetic process.
During this time, become especially aware of your most basic needs and how well you are taking care of them. Are you nurturing yourself at this level?
Here are a few aspects of your daily routine to pay attention to:
Are you eating nutritious, balanced meals including fruits and vegetables?
Are you getting enough undisturbed sleep?
Do you have a gentle exercise routine?
How is your health? Are you paying attention to the “signs” your body gives you?
Are you financially secure? If not, how can you improve your situation?
To harness the power of the season and energy of the Root Chakra, use your journal to make a list of the things you can do each day that will help you support yourself with your basic needs, then, gradually make these things into habits.