Happy October! I don’t know about you but October is my absolute favorite month of the year! There’s something about the coziness of fall that is so comforting to me.
As the leaves change, I think it’s also a great time for us to take an inventory of where we are at in our own lives and notice the changes that have, are, or about to take place. Maybe even more importantly, the ones we want to take place.
This time last year, I saw a speech online that was broadcasted from the spiritual center I go to now. The message really touched me and it was about the seasons of the soul, and how just as nature goes through cycles, so do we. It was exactly the message I needed to hear as I was embarking on a new path in my life and I realized there was indeed a lot I needed to change and let change.
The soul cycle of fall is all about releasing and letting go.
It’s about shedding the old and making room for new things to come into our lives.
We notice the trees change colors and lose their leaves, and if we let ourselves, we can undergo a similar transformation of dropping what doesn’t help us anymore (or maybe never did).
I invite you to ask yourself, what no longer serves you?
What are you holding on to that maybe was helpful in the past but no so much anymore?
A relationship (or more than one)? Old thought patterns? Clothes that don’t fit? Habits that are dragging you down instead of lifting you up?
If you’re anything like me, you find that even though you want a better future, it’s really, really hard to let go of the past. In fact, sometimes it seems impossible and even when it does seem possible, it’s kind of terrifying.
I know for me, it’s a lot easier to replay old memories in my head than put myself out of my comfort zone and make new, potentially better ones. But the more practice releasing, the easier and more natural it becomes. As with most things, the first step is always the hardest.
This fall, clean out your closets, literally and metaphorically and make room for something new in your life.
Make room for new people and new relationships that could make you happier than you thought possible.
Make room for new habits that could rejuvenate you, leaving you with more energy and vitality to do the things you’ve been meaning to do and haven’t.
Make room for something better by getting rid of what’s already done and gone.
Detox your soul the way you’d detox your body. Get rid of the toxins (people, situations, habits, thoughts, patterns of behavior) that aren’t supporting you. Fall is a new beginning, and the perfect time to shed old things that aren’t useful or making you feel better about yourself.
Who knows, you might just have the best winter of your life ahead of you!
Fall Soul Detox Recipe
1. Let go of the past.
Just let it go. What you wanted to happen, what you thought would happen, regrets, old grudges, let it all go. It’s not doing you any good so don’t keep it around.
2. Participate in some cleansing rituals.
Start a meditation practice. After all, you’re going to be spending a lot more time indoors so why not learn to quiet your mind and reap the benefits of it?
Take epsom salt baths and infuse them with essential oils. Vanilla and lavender are calming. Orange, lemon, and grapefruit are uplifting. Peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree are refreshing and invigorating.
Start dry brushing. It has amazing benefits (see here, here, and here). I dry brush right before I get in the shower and when I get out I slather on coconut oil. When I do it regularly, my skin looks so much better.
Do a metaphysical releasing. Sometimes we hold on to old relationships that need to be mourned and let go of. Write a letter and burn it, pray, light a candle and cry out your feelings until the tears stop (and when they do, know that’s really time to move on), make a list of all the reasons you’re better off without him or her (or if it’s something like an addiction or eating disorder that you need to let go of), keep a list of reasons why you love yourself and your life.
Burn sage and waft it around your home, saying a prayer of your choosing while you do it.
3. Find a form of fitness that makes you feel confident, sexy, and alive.
I think a lot of people think that now that it’s fall, it’s “too late” to start an exercise regime, especially one that involves being outdoors. Not so! I live in Colorado and I took up running in December. Now, that might have been a little much, but I was dedicated to it and as for the confidence it gave me? Words can’t do it justice. If not now, when?
Try something new and if you haven’t found a type of exercise you don’t like, don’t give up! Running doesn’t work for everyone. Yoga doesn’t work for everyone. Crossfit doesn’t work for everyone. Try new and different types of exercise and if all else fails, adopt a dog and start walking! Or walk with your best friend, mom, pet rock (I don’t know your life). Get your body moving and experience the cleansing benefits of it! (As always, check with a doctor before starting a new workout routine, especially if you’re recovering from an eating disorder or have any other physical ailments).
4. Find areas in your life where you can cut yourself some slack and inject a little compassion.
For me personally, going back to school as a post-bacc has meant that my self-care has suffered a little bit. I’m really lacking on sleep (I know I need at least 8 1/2 hours at the very minimum if I’m going to feel rested), and I’ve not taken the time I should to attend to my emotional health as much as I should. My body lets me know this isn’t ok with severe stomach pain and headaches.
When your body gives you signals, let that be a HUGE WARNING SIGN that you need to slow down! I also need to heed this advice.
5. Start making new memories!
Fall is such a great time to meet up with friends for tea or coffee and pumpkin bread! (I’m dying to make Sarah’s Skinny Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins and Loaf) I plan on veganizing them a little and using vegan cream cheese
Go pick apples, go to a pumpkin patch, Cider Days. Watch Hotel Transylvania (one of my favorite movies!) with your best friend. Decorate your house/apartment/dorm room with Halloween decorations and watch your favorite Halloween movies. Make it a priority to spend time with friends and family, whoever it is that makes you feel good, and do all those fall activities that you’ve never done but have wanted to!
Your turn! What do you need to detox from?
What’s your best self-care tip or favorite ritual?
What do you need to let go of?
Have a wonderful week everyone!