Apple Cider

The late fall is a season of slowing down … reflecting … preparing.  We can all use a break from the daily grind.   Take time to just sit with yourself.  If you have “busy mind”, try some deep belly breaths making your exhales twice as long as your inhales.

Do you remember nodding off at an event that went just a bit too long for you as a child — but you really, really wanted to stay awake and not miss anything.  Try now to close your eyes but pull them slightly open.  This allows your tears to soothe the eye and gives you a moment to just rest in the day.

Make some hot apple cider by steeping apple juice with cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves and cardamom.  The lovely brew is soothing on the throat.  The scent is calming to the mind.  And the taste is sweet but spicy.

Take care of yourself as the season changes from fall to winter.  The winds are harsher; the temperature is colder.  Let yourself be filled with breath, scent and peace.  Bright Blessing this Samhain season.  Namaste.