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Happy Autumn!

Posted on: September 26, 2010

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”  Gandhi

Nature’s transition into autumn reflects the natural rhythm of life.  The daylight recedes and darkness expands reminding us that time is fleeting.  As the cool weather returns, the bountiful harvest is reaped.  The vivid colors and smells of freshly harvested apples, pumpkins, squashes, and carrots seep into our senses.  We naturally begin to crave warming foods and turn inwards toward contemplation and reflection. 

In today’s fast-paced existence, many people resist their natural inclination to follow nature’s rhythms.  Today Americans are caught up in a rhythm that vibrates faster than nature’s slower, gentler vibration.  The culture seems to speed up, but the number of hours in a day never changes.  We convince ourselves that we can multi-task and go through life distracted.  One way to get in touch with nature’s rhythms is to eat locally grown food.  Before the advent of modern food production, our ancestors relied on their instincts and had no choice but to eat native food when it was available.  They lived in harmony with nature.  Fresh, locally grown food is more nutrient dense due to the shorter time span between harvest and consumption.  In addition, supporting local agriculture helps to eliminate transportation pollution and makes you feel more connected to your local community. 

Another way to get in touch with nature’s rhythms is to take the time to prepare a meal with freshly harvested foods.  Admittedly, preparing fresh food takes more time than opening a package of processed food, but investing some time in food preparation greatly benefits you and your family.  When we consider that we truly are natural beings, it makes sense that we take on the energy of whatever we put into our bodies.  Eating fresh, unprocessed foods nourishes every cell in our bodies and fills us with positive energy. 

In addition, many people believe that food takes on the energy of the preparer. Have you ever noticed the energy of food placed before you?  Honestly, I’m not the best cook in the world and typically don’t enjoy preparing food.  Though he does not cook often due to time constraints, my husband is a wonderful cook.  I can literally see and feel the love that has gone into a meal prepared by him.  I feel soothingly nourished when I eat his cooking.  I’ve also seen and felt my mother’s love expressed in her baking.  It is clearly an experience she thoroughly enjoys.  Because she bakes with love and attention, a higher, more nourishing energy is created.  As she carefully frosts a cake or tenderly removes home-baked cookies from a cookie sheet, she is clearly absorbed in the moment.  And I have to tell you, I do not believe home-baked cookies are bad.  Gorging on a dozen home-baked cookies is bad behavior; however, savoring a home-baked cookie can bring you back to your childhood and fill you with love.  I do find that when I take the time to slow down and be in the moment when preparing food, the activity becomes a peaceful, nurturing experience. 

Cooking and eating a meal either alone or with family and friends is a wonderful part of life and helps us stay connected to nature and the people we love. Gathering a bunch of friends together and having a cooking party is a wonderful way to spend an autumn weekend afternoon.  In addition, getting children interested and involved in food preparation allows them to become active participants in their own nourishment and teaches them good habits that will last a lifetime.    

I invite you to consider savoring the transition to autumn and harnessing its energy to facilitate your own transition to a healthier lifestyle.  Take the time to pause and notice the energy of the food you’re eating.  Slow down and spend some time lovingly preparing a meal for yourself or your family.  In addition, I invite you to sign up for e-mail updates to get informed and inspired to Be Light and Healthy

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