Autumn is a time when children go back to school, life gets busy for all, and we start to feel the first rough brush of cold weather on the skin. Though we are racing around, we can feel that something is changing as we look up at the leaves beginning to brown, the trees thinning, and sky more apparently vast and expansive. The weather is suddenly warm then cool; there is sun and storms; the irregularity of it all teases out our summer nostalgia and nervous anticipation of winter. Dry, light, cold, clear, subtle, mobile, and rough begin to predominate our outer experience. In ayurveda, these are the qualities of Vāta dosha, combination of space and air elements, which distinguish Fall.
These qualities have a strong impact on our body and mind. After all, ayurveda (and yoga) point out that what’s outside is inside. We are living beings in a state of constant change in interaction with the environment and so we feel what’s on the outside, internally. We may feel a little hypersensitive, even anxious, scattered, as our nervous systems take in the qualities of this season. There are many possible manifestations for high Vāta dosha in our various tissues.
To name a few:
3. Boil 6 dates and 20 almonds in 1.5 cups whole milk for about 5 minutes.* Optional add a pinch of cardamom powder and cinnamon powder.
4. Add about 1/2 cup of the water from the soaked dates and blend all together, the milk with almonds and dates and water.
*** Optional addition. If you have a sweet tooth and really want to nourish well. You can add about 1/2 tsp of chyavanprash to the blend. I get this one from Banyon Botanicals because that company has organic herbs. Chyoanprash is full of nourishing herbs for energy and metabolism. It includes cane sugar, honey, ghee, amalaki fruit, cardamom seed, ashwagandha root, pipali fruit, vassaka leaf, haritaki fruit, purnarnava root, kantakari herb, gokshura fruit, vidari kanda root, guduchi stem, sati herb, shatavari root, musta root, and bilva fruit.
5. Drink warm. mm mm good!
If those teeny tiny squirrels can make it through the fall and winter, so can we! May we take from their examples and give our bodies and minds what is required.