Wow, I can not believe that it is November already. How has the fall been treating you? I know for myself that fall has been a time of slowing down, reflecting, and releasing all that no longer serves me. In Ayurveda,(An ancient medical system from India that teaches us to align our lives and diets with the seasons ) this season is called the Vata Season. Fall is a dry windy erratic and yet very subtle time, and although the Autumn is my favorite season it does bring its allergies and colds full force for me. I write this while still dealing with a sore throat I picked up almost a week ago. The fall comes in with a Pita Dosha when it is warmer, but as it gets colder, it becomes Vata. As if you can not tell, Ayurveda is not only one of my interests, but it is also something I was trained in while studying as a health coach at IIN in 2014/2015.
The energy of this season is slower. The foods our bodies thrive on are things like root vegetables(Pumpkins, sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, butternut squash, etc. ) warming cooked foods. Nourishing foods are what we call Ojas. Warm spices, apples, teas, and of course there are many of us that find comfort in a cup of freshly brewed coffee. I know, coffee is not Ayurveda, but it is one of life’s simple pleasures for me. I am one of those Pumpkin Spice and Pumpkin everything type of people. Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year, with all of its spookiness and Gothicness. Monsters, vampires, ghosts, and haunted houses are plentiful this time of year. My Fiance and I even got to go to a haunted house in an actual haunted place. St. Alban’s Sanitorium in Radford Virginia is one of the most haunted places in America and is full of paranormal activity according to actual ghost hunters and paranormal experts. We had a blast and as an empath, I could feel all those energies, and as a Reiki Master, I was doing Reiki to dispel any negativity coming our way.
The leaves are starting to turn in hues of red, brown and gold, and Thanksgiving is almost here. October is harvest season and by November we are enjoying the bounty. This is also the month where we reflect on what we are thankful for in our lives, but we need to be doing that every single day. We try to live our lives in a constant state of thanksgiving. One of the Reiki Principles I live by, as do all Reiki Masters, is “Just for today I will be grateful.” There will always be at least one thing to be grateful for, even if we may not see it or how bad things may be. I have to remind myself of that when I look at our world today, in this horrendous political climate. All the hate, negativity, Semitism, racism, sexism makes me cry. I would be lying if I said that it doesn’t frighten me either. I am Christian and my Fiance is from a Jewish Family, although we go to Temple sometimes, and I stay true to my Christian roots, we are both more spiritual than religious, but still, my heart breaks for my Jewish brothers and sisters. The tragedy that just happened in Pittsburgh with the synagogue still is affecting me days after. It has never been this bad under any other President of the United States. It is bad when we can not even feel safe in our temples and churches anymore. This has all made me reflect on my own spiritual life and what it means to me. Being a Christian is not a religion, it is being the hand and heart of Christ. It is being the Christ and letting Him live through me. There is a scripture…”In Him we live and move and have our being.”
It doesn’t matter if you are Christian, Jewish, Buddhist or Taoist. It doesn’t matter what your religion is or if you believe in nothing at all, we are all One and we are all God’s children. From what I can see in the last two years or so, Christ has been taken away from Christianity. We are not acting very Christ-like when we are judgemental and all holy art thou. I will get off my soapbox with this quote from Jesus…”Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” Not one of us can do that because we have all missed the mark, we have all sinned, and we will sin because we are human.
Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours.