Happy Autumn Equinox 2012

Autumn Equinox 2012 Westonbirt

We are in late summer with the distinct shift between the explosive energy of Summer and the quiet descent of Autumn. It is the point where the days and nights are of equal length and all of life seems to balance. Days are still warm, evenings turn cooler, the sun will set a little earlier, and the earth offers up all of her bounteous richness. As john Keats writes; it is the

“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun”.

Significant Beginnings and Inevitable Endings  This is also a time of exciting and revolutionary change. Although disruptive it is a necessary step in evolution where we remove debris, limiting conditions, behavioural patterns from childhood and old paradigms that no longer serve our present ways of doing things. This can be a time of dramatic elimination, purging, detoxing or rediscovering that we have been asleep and need to find a sense of awareness of our powers that have been suppressed or dormant. Unearthing what we have hidden can make for a bumpy ride, but from destruction, comes creation of new and fertile landscapes as raw energy is released. Initially we may feel resistance which may be borne out of habituation or fear, which can make us less effective to revitalisation. Franklin D Roosevelt’s optimism helped the nation emerge and quoted in 1933: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. Dramatic transformation is necessary to generate a sense of freedom and with fresh wise eyes we can experience with confidence our unique value and tap into our source within.

Profound debate and arguments may arise, but although initially testing, will force us to see things in a new light as solutions emerge to pressing issues in our lives. Trusting our intuition, fairness and own healing abilities, though, is useful for when to back down and seek a compromise in a discussion demonstrating our strength and flexibility.

Equanimity There is stability arising from a deep awareness and acceptance of the present moment. It’s a relief not to know how things will turn out, so surrendering to the possibility that things can change in unexpected ways allows us to experiment with uncertainty so that new doors can open like a fresh start. We’ll no longer have to live solely in the world of ‘doing’ as we can integrate our relationship to the divine and acknowledge our inner, receptive stillness of ‘being’. If you feel in a corner, spend time in nature and let Mother Earth hold you a while. Sudden flashes happen in stillness.

  1. Purify and clean out your closet of whatever no longer holds value in your life
  2. Try not to resist, control or hide from it
  3. Access resources you never knew you had
  4. Have a select few trusted people as support network
  5. Become comfortable within silence and stillness
  6. Trust your intuition on a subtle level – Insight and understanding arrive in the aftermath
  7. Have courage

Gut Instinct Scientists have learned we have a “second brain” known as the enteric nervous system (ENS) located in the digestive organs, which can operate independently of the central nervous system (CNS). Although it normally communicates with the CNS, the ENS continues to function even if the connective nerve between the two is severed. It plays a major role in our emotions­­­­­­­; happiness and sadness and can therefore affect our physical wellbeing. It makes sense to pay attention to our gut instincts and also to nurturing this aspect or our body mind. See the following article from the NY Times: NY Times article 23 January 1996 : Hidden brain in gut

Autumn Cauldron
Autumn Cauldron

  • Onion, garlic and ginger – chopped
  • 6 cardamom pods, 6 cloves, cinnamon stick, 1tsp cumin & paprika, 1/2tsp turmeric, 3 bay leaves
  • Any combination of the following vegetables prepared in chunks:
    sweet potatoes, butternut squash, pumpkin, fennel, aubergine, raw beetroot, spinach
  • Dates and figs or apricots – chopped
  • Almonds and/or walnuts
  • Small orange – quartered
  • Vegetable stock cube
  • Can of plum tomatoes – roughly diced


  1. Set oven to gas 6/200°C
  2. Fry onion, garlic and ginger till golden
  3. Add spices -cook for 5mins
  4. Stir in remainder of ingredients and season
  5. Add enough water to stew – oven cook covered for 1hr (baste layers with juices half way through)

Serve with seasoned couscous garnished with fresh chopped red onions and coriander

I would welcome feedback on my recipe and newsletter and as always am available for treatments this Autumn following my summer break.

Warmth and Majic

Karen Durham DS MRSS Practitioner T: 07986 088 900 E: karen@afinebalance.co.uk W: www.afinebalance.co.uk

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