It’s that time of year again!
As soon as August hits many of us begin to feel ‘that end of summer’ blues. The last days of August have us getting the kids and often ourselves back and ready for Back to School.
We start to think of what courses we might like to enroll in, how we might better ourselves through a little further education or start a new hobby. In fact, for many I believe September is more like the start of the New Year than January 1.
But don’t wish away your life and start planning for Christmas yet, there are many ways we can continue to enjoy the beauty of outdoors and the benefits of summer relaxation before the cold weather sets in.
How’s your garden?
For those of us who like to garden it’s not necessarily time to pack-up until next Spring.
Dr. Dave Williams of The Co-operative Extension System in Alabama tells us to get transplanting, including oregano, thyme, lemon balm and sage.
As the days shorten and temperatures drop these herbs move from a vegetative stage to develop a sturdy root system. That means instead of the energy of the plant going into making lots of nice green leaves for us to enjoy in our salads and teas.
The plant energy goes into making roots under the surface so it is strong and sturdy during the winter and can grow even more leaves next summer. So, pick where you want your herb to be next year and transplant it.
Are you tending your own growth?
So, think about how this energy might apply to you.
We too are tied to the natural cycles and rhythms of the earth. During the summer we were out busy playing and now our energy begins to turn inwards a little more. Developing that root system, as we look to get more organized (our roots) and take up that new hobby, take a course or start a Wellness Program.
It’s natural for us at this time of year to look to the basics and want to clear things out. You may want to again check out our article Clearing Out the Clutter in Your Life. It’s a really good reminder to read through again as Fall comes upon us.
When you can, bring some of this plant life into your home.
During the summer months I don’t often bother with flowers indoors, but as soon as Fall hits I always keep a nice vase of flowers in my homes.
We tried a little experiment a couple of years ago at The Catherine Street House (the Ottawa home of the Jacqueline Fairbrass School of Complementary Therapies and where I had my private practice in Ottawa). We began putting flowers in the waiting room.
Soon we had comments from clients and students about how lovely it was to walk in to a room with fresh flowers. So we started to keep fresh flowers in the waiting room from September until May each year. Nobody really noticed in the summer months, as there is so much going on outside!
As well as a vase in the Catherine Street House I usually buy a big bunch of flowers and keep them in the living room, but always take a few to put in a bud vase beside my bed. Waking up to flowers is such a lovely way to start the day.
So clean up the garden and the house and get started on a new Wellness Program by beginning something new in your life.
Of course, we run all sorts of courses at the School, so keep checking the website regularly for additions, updates and get Back to School.
Also, if you are ready to start living the life you have always wanted I am available for appointments to get you started on that personal Wellness Program. And remember, consultations are always available by tele-medicine.
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