“In the Yogic tradition, the Equinox is seen as a day when one has the best possibilities of transcending the limitations and compulsions of one’s physical longings.” ~Sadhguru
The Autumn Equinox marks the first day of autumn as the steamy days of summer gives way to beautiful coloured leaves and rain. This year the equinox falls on Tuesday, September 22 at 2:30pm (BST), and is the time when daytime and night time are of equal length. In astronomical terms, at the equinox, the Sun crosses the celestial equator and the days start to grow shorter.
Energetically and spiritually speaking, there’s also a lot happening during this time, as the ebb and flow of the seasons prepares us for the winter cold. And on equinox day itself, you will experience and benefit from the delicate energetic balance between light and dark becoming one, regardless of where you reside in the world*.
As the weather gets colder and the leaves begin to put on their last colourful display of the year before yielding to the winter winds, so to does Mother Nature’s life cycle come into its final straight. And during this natural winding down time you may also feel that you want to park things for now, and let go of what is not serving you any longer. By letting go and going with the flow, you can reframe what is working for you and what should fall away, just like the leaves.
With all this talk of letting go, you must not forget that the Equinox is also a time of celebration. Traditionally this is a time for bringing in the harvests, so it is a time for gratitude, taking stock in your life and looking back to see how far you have come, and what you have achieved from the metaphorical seeds that you’ve sown. It’s also a time for reviewing and reassessing the goals that you’ve set yourself, and making the tweaks you need to stay on track.
How can you celebrate the Equinox?
- Go out in nature. If it’s warm and dry enough, take off your shoes and socks and stand on the earth. Let the energy rise up through your feet and give thanks for being alive.
- Nourish your soul by getting creative; paint, write, knit, make, bake whatever inspires you. There are some great recipes out there to celebrate the harvest.
- Try this guided meditation to help you take stock on this auspicious of days.
“Nature moves slowly and deliberately toward harmony and balance. It knows what it needs to do and simply does it. So slow down, tune in and pay close attention to this in your own life.” – Sarah
*In the northern hemisphere it’s the first day of autumn, whilst in the southern hemisphere it’s the first day of spring.