At this time, when we don’t know what’s true and what’s not, when most of what we hear is negative and when ‘going out’ is limited, I believe that ‘going in’, is our best foundation for peace and pleasure. My ideas for doing this are so, so simple, just small reminders to rekindle self-love, at the end of an autumn day. When we nourish ourselves, life takes on a more balanced flow.
- GINGER TEA Living in synch with nature’s rhythms is key to our wellbeing. In Ayurveda, Autumn is Air season where cold and wind outside, are reflected internally: bloating, aching joints and colds. Steeping ginger in a cup of hot water is nurturing and warming. For me it’s the best post-supper ’tisane’ for easing digestion. Grate (better than slicing) a 3cm knob straight into the cup, with lemon and honey perhaps, and pour from the kettle. Or boil in a pan and simmer for 15 miniutes, for a stronger brew.
- CANDLE LIGHT A flickering flame is a friend, and the more the merrier. Scented candles, full of fragrant promise, so often disappoint once lit, don’t you find? I’m sampling lots while researching the development of my own (my product line is in the making!) Here are two beauties with properly natural wax and oils. Parrafin wax candles can be toxic with long burning. Sevin London and Evermore London
- JOURNAL The real measure of a gratitude journal is the focus of translating thoughts into written words. Then reading them back months down the line. The touch of bark on a tree in the park, a new client, a kiss, the twinkly lights in that cocktail bar or lunch with my Mum and Dad : all things, great and small, tumble into my bedtime journal, (an admittedly intermittent exercise) in appreciation for the day. This small act of self-reflection, a determined moment to slow down before sleep, a pause on the positive … it all adds to a mindset shift. ‘Where attention goes, energy flows’ …. and all that.