Samhain, the Wheel of the Year. What on earth does that mean?
The simple answer is that it means connecting with the earth and following the rhythms of nature, the temperatures, the sun, the moon. It includes familiar celebrations like Samhain (Halloween) when early winter begins, Winter Solstice, when the sun’s power gently increases and the days begin to get longer. Summer Solstice, the day with the most hours of daylight (my personal favourite), after which the sun begins to wane and darkness starts to come earlier.
Historically, many cultures have held rituals and beliefs around following the rhythms of nature–without electricity and modern heating or ac, they didn’t really have a choice if they wanted to survive. Even in modern times, there are those who have winter homes and summer cottages; are these nomadic rituals left over from our ancestors? Perhaps.
The older I get, perhaps the wiser I get, the more I see the value in riding the waves of the earth. Yoga and Ayurveda follow this idea, helping me to stay in balance. The reality is that I will be much more comfortable wearing a sweater and scarf now, than a t-shirt. And my skin feels much better when I change my products for the season, focusing on adding more moisture at this time of year, when the air is dry and the winds are harsher. My Raynaud’s is starting to kick in so I will be adding my daily hand oil to help manage the extreme coldness in my digits. As nightfall comes earlier, there is a natural tendency to stay home, and cozy up with a book, a beautiful candle, and a journal–now that is my kind of night in!
In the treatment room Sue and I are adjusting our focus too– addressing the dry skin, stiff joints and cold fingers and toes that are a natural result of the changing weather. We have created unique essential oil blends to specifically work on the physical level, but also on the subtle level to help raise levels of peace, calm and relaxation. We can all use some of that right now! And we are developing new services to assist you in the transition to the new year, to take some time to turn inwards, relax, release, and move forward from a place of wholeness and centredness. Watch for more details–we are super excited about this!
Really, this seasonal philosophy that we are adopting boils down to 3 things:
- Embracing, instead of resisting, the rhythms of nature
- Addressing these rhythms in the treatment room with products and protocols
- Supporting the physical and subtle care of the body with products and routines that you can easily use at home
We are excited to bring this approach to our focus, to our treatments, to the Wellness Shop and to you. Let’s all move forward, riding the waves of nature with comfort in body and mind.