“We often forget that WE ARE NATURE. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.” ― Andy Goldsworthy, artist
The arrival of autumn is always a beautifully tangible experience – a cooler wind brushes our skin, the days embrace darkness with a faithful eagerness, and nature gives us the unmistakable sign that change is imminent. We at Romilly Wilde have always looked to the wilds of nature for its regenerative powers and wisdom in how to embrace change and the organic cycles of life. Reflective of this, autumn is not only a brilliant season for new beginnings, but it asks of us a certain amount of surrender – a letting go of what was, and an embrace of what will be. In essence, a time of essential and organic renewal for mind, body and spirit.
The transitional period of autumn is never more apparent than in the colourful changes found in nature. Plants cease to create food and the leaves transform with bursts of resplendent colour in warm tones of reds, wild oranges and fiery yellows; Suggesting that with change, there is still a great abundance of life. By examining the cycles of nature we are continually reminded that the end of one season is a beginning of another and can also find solace in the fact that natural inward reflection brings about valuable wisdom. In the animal world, autumn is a time for animals to begin storing food for winter and creating spaces of refuge for the impending hibernation period. In reflection of this, for us the autumnal months are a perfect time to start something new: a new routine, a new job, a new commitment to a lifepath that requires patience and insight. Additionally, like nature, it is also the perfect time to allow the body to slowly prepare for the hibernation period of the colder months and make changes in our habits, diet and lifestyle choices to reflect these external changes.
In Ayurveda, the life force associated with autumn is called Prana – which becomes more abundant during the next few months. This life force inspires us to surround ourselves in nature to revive to the mind, body and spirit – in short, using the energy of nature to energise ourselves. In Ayurvedic terms, autumn is also a season of Vata – which leans more towards the erratic, windy, dry and cool elements. So for the benefit of our body, there is an emphasis to switch to warmer more seasonal foods, and transition to skincare that is more hydrating and nourishing in its core elements. Like nature around us, one should try to constantly adapt to our changing environment in a way that nurtures and benefits our health.
There have also been many research studies showing that nature possesses restorative powers and benefits the human mindset. These benefits include a clarity of mind when in nature, “mental fatigue recovery,” a greater curiosity with our surroundings, and a reflection and inspiration to go inward into ourselves. In essence, nature in itself galvanises us to engage our senses, slow things down, be more present and cultivate our insight to lay the groundwork for change in our lives.
So, in this time of great transition, allow nature to be a trustworthy guide in showing us the organic and natural processes of life. A teacher who exemplifies that change and transition is a part of life not to be feared, but to be embraced.