Aspects of Autumn

If I were a bird, I would fly about the Earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot

Fall hasn’t always been my favorite season.  As a kid, I loved Summer, when school was out, more than any other.  (Maybe that’s true for everyone?) As I got older, vibrant colors & cooler temperatures started having a stronger pull on me.  Now in the hottest of the hot days of Arizona’s summer, I long for the gentle qualities of Autumn.

Lord: it is time. The summer was immense.
Lay your shadow on the sundials
and let loose the wind in the fields.

Bid the last fruits to be full;
give them just two more southerly days,
press them to ripeness, and chase
the last sweetness into the heavy wine.

Whoever has no house now will not build one.
Whoever is alone now will remain so for a long time,
will stay up, read, write long letters,
and wander the avenues, up and down,
restlessly, while the leaves are blowing.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

Dr. Vasant Lad, the Ayurvedic Physician largely responsible for bringing Ayurveda to the US, says that the autumnal change that happens in Nature also occurs in the human body.  Trees pull in energy from their leaves which results in their coloring & eventual falling.  In a similar manner, the human body pulls in energy, which can result in a feeling of ungroundedness as well as insomnia, dry skin, painful joints, constipation, bloating, and ringing in the ear.  Moisturizing from both the outside & inside is necessary to help with these maladies.  In this clip, Dr. Lad shares methods for applying moisturizing oils and explains how they benefit us.  During this cold, dry Vata season, we also benefit from eating heavier, sweet, and cooked whole foods, including soups with warming spices, and avoiding raw foods.

I notice that Autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Because this is my second post on this gorgeous season (go to this link for the first), I simply want to share some of my favorite things about Fall.  

Nature’s colors are at the top of the list, but not just those of the leaves.  I also enjoy the many shades of gourds that appear at the market this time of year.  And I’ve seen brilliant hues of wild mushrooms on recent hikes.

We don’t eat many desserts, but Autumn finds me making more sweet treats.  Same goes for foods like casseroles, baked ziti, and stuffed veggies.

Just the thought of apple cider (which I’ll make at home this year for the first time) and chai (see my recipe here) make me warm!  I feel these spiced concoctions are musts for the season.  And they can make the house smell delightful for days!

I love wearing beanies, scarves, and boots.  Even if I don’t don a coat, these 3 are essentials for me in cooler months.

And who doesn’t love the holidays?!  Planning what foods to cook, considering invitations, cards, and gifts – I look forward to these preparations each year.  And we always take a winter vacation, usually on the Atlantic or Pacific Coast. When going someplace new, my planning includes reading guidebooks to make sure we don’t miss anything!

Sidewalk art

As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see. ~Vincent Van Gogh

I hope your heart, like mine, is filled by the joy and beauty this glorious season imparts. And I wish you the good grace to embrace & work with the changes it brings in mind and body.  

Warmest Fall Blessings,

Lisa

This little guy is at the top of a large bush trying to get to the bird feeder after we lubed the pole to prevent him & his buddies from climbing up & emptying it!

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95 thoughts on “Aspects of Autumn

  1. A splendid tribute to the beauty of the autumn season, in words and pictures. Thank you for sharing, dear Lisa, and I wish for you a weekend filled with joy and love 🍂🍁💖

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  2. Feel just the same. Apple cider, sweatshirts, hot chocolate with little marshmallows, long drives to see the changing leaves, and the first whiff of the season a neighbor’s fireplace — all my favorite. I’m savouring ever moment!

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      1. Sure , i enjoyed 🌷🙏👍🏻 here 2 seasons only , hot season and rainy season 👏 Malaysia is a tropical 🌴 country, so we will get monsoon always 🌧
        Thank you for your lovely reply message 🌷🙏♥️🌷

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  3. Beautiful post Lisa! I too have always been a summer girl and still am yet i marvel at the color and change of seasons with the crunching of the leaves under my feet and the beauty of the veggies. And I love that it is overcast and no need to bounce out of bed with the sun calling me to action.
    Your poem and quotes are also a lovely addition.
    Have a glorious day my friend. xo 💗

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      1. It’s always my pleasure and I always think of eating healthier when I read your posts and then tho this amazing cheesecake showed up. LOL 🤣. Thanks for that … it’s so nice to be chillin for awhile and I hope you have a great one too❤️

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  4. Beautiful! I come from South Africa where the season change is not dramatic. Now that I am living in Scotland I think I intuitively am feeling and doing what Dr Vasant Lad suggests much to my husband’s delight because he loves sweet deserts and sleeping in. I felt like I want to hibernate like an animal in nature. You have wonderful photos, thank you. I am going to head on over to your first fall post. 🍂🍁🍂🌈🦋

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  5. Very relaxing read, Lisa. It almost feels contradictory at times as nature’s cycles end for another year and our bodies slow down, it is also a time of frenzied activity with harvests, canning, and holiday prep. Maybe it that contradiction that I love about it?

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  6. Oh, Lisa, what a gorgeous post about a gorgeous season! Whilst the sun is beginning to dip to the horizon and there is little wind, it can be the most beautiful time of the year. Love it! 🌹🙋‍♂️

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      1. We come up quite a few times a year. There was talk of getting together in November, but no dates yet. How is your schedule?? I think we should plan something for sure!!
        XOOX

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      2. It’s funny because since we didn’t set a date, our November has filled up considerably. Would you be open to sometime in December like Thurs. Dec 8??

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  7. My favorite time of year! Turtlenecks, fireplaces and soft light when it storms outside. It’s oddly warm in Washington right now, but eventually the air will clear and cool. Thanks for the chai recipe and lovely photos*

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  8. I love the fall too, yet, like you, loved the summer more as a kiddo, maybe, for surely, a lot longer than that. I think my fav time of year is just as the first leaves start to turn in shade, as summer becomes fall. So beautiful, just like your lovely post. Happy weekend, Lisa! 🌻

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  9. Oh Lisa, we’re definitely kindred spirits. A love of nature, beautiful Autumn colours, hot chocolates and warm fires … there’s so much to love about this colourful season. Enjoy! x

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  10. I absolutely love Autumn! Like you say, not only the colors in those regions that actually experience seasons. The weather is perfect for running, it has my favorite holiday and spiced cider… the cat’s meow so they say. Time to go outside and watch the yellow and gold snow.

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