The end of summer is here. With this comes fall and a feeling of nesting throughout nature. All of nature is preparing for colder months to arrive with the Fall season. The change from Summer to Fall is a transition that has a profound change. It creates a sense of shifts and opens us up to prepare for what’s to come. Our energy shifts too and wants to get back into balance after the season of doing.
All beings have internal rhythms and energy that flows. Being connected to one’s self is the best way to recognize shifts and give back to the body what it needs.
Different cultures have their own interpretations of rhythms as well. For example, In traditional Chinese medicine there is a Chinese body clock where they depict various organs peak functioning hour during the day and how the body moves its chi throughout the body. We all have what’s called a Circadian rhythm which has direct effect on many areas of our health especially sleep.
The picture below depicts the circadian rhythm and what is actually happening within the body. One of the most important aspects of this rhythm is that our body naturally wants to follow the sun. It wants to be active during the sun light and when there is no light it needs to rest and repair.
Each year as September arrives I find myself organizing and cleaning out the clutters of my mind and gaining renewed motivations. During the summer, I am less structured. It is a time of having fun, not sticking to schedules, and eating whatever feels good at the time.
After months of not sticking to a bedtime routine and disrupted eating and/or sleep schedules, it is time to get the rhythm back.
I know it is time to get myself back in-sync with myself when I start to feel not connected with my root. I am an earth child which means I am usually very grounded. When that starts to leave me, I know it is time to get back to basics.
Do you know your shifts in your body? Pay attention because it is communicating.
We are all filled with energy and if one energy store or many become stuck it can affect many areas of your life. These energy stores are called chakras. There are seven chakras within our bodies. Each are associated with a color and have their own center of influence.
Getting in touch with your energy and how it is feeling is a great way to improve your overall health. When your chakras are off it is an early sign that you are not in balance and in need of something.
Seasonally as we enter a new phase of the year it is a great time to take stock of these things.
You have all heard of spring cleaning. Well I would argue we need seasonal shift cleaning. You get your house ready for the fall season of holidays. Get your mind, body and soul ready too. Get back your rhythm by increasing your energy and improving your sleep.
Each person has different needs and experiences with their energy. Get connected with your internal self. Hear what it is saying to you. The best way to do this is to sit in a quiet room by yourself and just be. Don’t try to do anything special. Just be with yourself, your energy, and thoughts. Allow your thoughts to stream like a movie, watch and don’t judge.
After a while the mind will quiet down and give your a chance of rest. Get connected with that inner self by spending quiet time with yourself. As you practice this, you will notice improved connection with inner being. The more you practice being in touch with yourself and your energy you will become aware what you need.
Pay attention when your body is communicating with you. It is smart. It may be telling you that you need more rest. Sleep is one of the most important things we do for our health daily. If you don’t have good sleep, it can throw things off for you.
Rhythms don’t just affect adults; our kids need to honor their own rhythms too. Observe how the rest of the family is feeling. Have they lost their normal routine and are they looking like they haven’t had a good night’s sleep in months? They probably haven’t because why sleep, it’s summer! Time to focus on getting our energy levels back and start following our normal body’s rhythms.
Get a bedtime routine if you don’t already have one. With the end of summer nearing most schools are back in the classroom. Kids also need to get their rhythm back. Help them by demonstrating good practices to ensure good sleep. Wind down before you plan on going to bed. Remove technology for at least 1 – 2 hours prior to bedtime. Allow the natural creation of melatonin to begin. Start slowing to get everyone back on schedule before the school schedule actually starts. When you get everyone prepared before the day everyone goes back to normal school and work schedules will not seem as painful as it can be without a good night’s sleep.
Get the whole family onboard with renewed schedules, better sleep, and maximizing their