Autumn is a beautiful time of year full of gorgeous colours, bright golds, reds and oranges all around us.
Autumn is a time of change and the beautiful colours reflect this as it means the trees and shrubs are losing their leaves. The weather becomes colder and the days become shorter. There is less time to enjoy the sunshine and light. Keep your spirits up however as there is plenty you can do to bring in the light!!
It is wonderful to store our experiences with light and sun, like squirrels do with food during hibernation, to nourish our emotions and senses through the Autumn and Winter. Try and spend some time outside in the daylight absorbing the sunshine ( if it is out!) or natural light and take in the natural environment around you, even if it is just for a few minutes.
I like to stand outside in mountain posture and draw on a memory from the warm months feeling the sunshine around me and visualising myself in that space. It is wonderfully calming and energising. I was lucky enough on holiday this year to have this beautiful space to practice my yoga in the morning and I call this to my mind now in my current practice, it really lifts my spirits.
Another way to absorb light is through the practice of candle gazing or Tratak. This practice is really beneficial at this time of year to help your body adjust to less light. (If you have problems with your eyes and are unsure always check with your doctor or optician first.)
- Sit in a comfortable position either cross legged on a mat or sit comfortably on a chair.
- Spend a few moments to take a few long breaths in and out without forcing to calm the body and still the mind.
- Have a candle safely positioned about an arm’s length away and just below eye level.
- Gaze at the flame without blinking for as long as you feel comfortable. Your eyes may water initially.
- After a little while or when comfortable close your eyes and keep the image of the flame in your mind’s eye for as long as you can.
- Open your eyes when the image of the flame disappears and repeat. If you practice this regularly eventually you will be able to hold an unbroken image of the flame.
This practice is so beneficial as it helps concentration, stimulates and strengthens the eyes and helps with the regulation of our hormones during the darker months through activation of the pineal gland.
Sounds good doesn’t it!
Enjoy the light!!