Autumn

Becoming Autumn Shakti

anjanasana Amber Spear.jpg

There is no more a more beautiful time for light than in the Autumn, the way she plays on the ever-changing greens, splays a peachy hue throughout the crisp clear blue and seems to be making gold crested jewels of all the fallen. 

I appreciate the majesty of such change with full awareness that soon the stripped bare trees sleep naked, nourished only at the roots under the deepening winter grey.

Shakti, the primordial force: The nature. Our living mother earth. The provider of all to all and so full of might.

What is Shakti ?

Derived from the root 'shak,' which means the potential to produce – the assertion of the word is a direct nod to the inherent creative prowess of the feminine; Shakti is the earliest term applied to the divine feminine and is used in a multitude of ways all eluding to the one common parameter which is ‘power, force and feminine energy.’ 

Autumn colours leaves.jpg

From the Vedas, with the key focus of living light - Yoga & Ayurveda - the guide books for here and beyond, provide sensible and sustainable pathways, simple reminders to honour the forces that shift day to night, in and through all seasonal change.

From where we create

The Tantric teachings of energy, that communicate the complete interconnectedness of all of life, have some darkness, of course. The very meaning of Hatha yoga implies polarity and gives us a direct access point, via body and breath relationship, to find the balance existing between the marriage of the two. Such a practice need not be difficult and unbearably physically contorting, rather it’s a simple embodied exchange between the inhalation, exhalation (strength and receiving) aspect of ourself and possibly extremely healing to all who wish to partake.

Have you ever had the experience of darkness ? Of being overcome ?

Depression, anxiety, fearfulness, abandonment are some.

The shoulders arch like a bow over the heart and our arrow of tender awareness fails to meet its mark. Its a tough place to be and we’ve all had our moment there.

Sit tall. Stand tall. Dandasana. Tadasana.

Carry the arms over head on a steady in-breath and circle them back on the exhale. Pause to feel into the softness of your belly. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

And then there comes the light.

Perhaps the first time, the pain of not seeing your eternal sunshine lasted a long time - a year, more. 

And then the next the suffering was less, the light shone a little sooner and when it happened again, the darkened cave was just as deep yet a somewhat easier retreat. There was a beam of sunlight piercing the void, almost as though it was a rope you had placed there before. And that was exactly what you had done. You had garnered tools. 

Start now.

Have you ever experienced your one precious life in these ways ?

Born from the same stuff as Stars, we were made from light and the revelation of that as a living reality is each and every one of our birthrights. But when the darkness is rife, at some point a learning Must arise that there is choice; we can bring in the light and move through that darkness at any time. The darkness need only be a passing lesson and when living light, this is a daily choice.

Autumn flower.jpg

Be with the body

At a time when myself and my allies were experimenting with varied tapas of the consciousness expansion kind - often misguided at best - I'm talking, rapid ‘kundalini shakti’ rise that couples with taking one to the very edge of the mind; One of the most outstanding pieces of advice I was given was this -

“We have a body to live within. We are here to live. Don’t forsake the body. When there is any mental anguish, splitting-off, anxiety or strain; attend to the body. Learn how to care for, bring routine too and ground the body. And so you will learn about the nature of mind.”

Little did I know it at the time, this was pure Ayurvedic advice - Life Science in its most simple form. Your body is the temple of your soul. Care for it well and you will be rewarded with health that paves the way for deeper dimensions of human-divine contentment.

Caring for the body is a practice of compassionate care. Caring for the body is a practice of showing up daily to experience what is there.

Amber Spear lunge.jpg

As above so below

At this time of year, in this season of My own life; as I move upon the yoga mat in a daily expression of embodied prayer, I notice the elements of Autumn that make up the cold air, the roughened and dry leaves, also find their way into my body. My joints clack a little more than they did a month ago and it seems like there is less stretch available immediately in my side-body. And yet, as a witness to this micro-cosmic phenomena, I practice to offer the warm awareness of my breath, to melt and smooth out any compiled strain or stress. 

It seems as though during the Autumn months (and possibly winter too) this observation can some days be a little uncomfortable to bare.

But I commit to Go there and resurface, each time, like new.

Autumn Dalia.jpg

It’s not news

We live in a world that is filled with tension and this tension effects everyone of us on some level of body, mind and soul and it is now more than ever that the guidebooks of the Yogas and Ayurveda, for here and beyond, are given to help. The shared core teachings of which, are to honour each other, the mother - the earth - the five elements, the energies that shift and transform our external and internal worlds, so seemingly too rapidly. 

Such processes are easier for some and for this very reason, a tender piece this was for me to write. And perhaps an even more tender piece for you to read. There is much suffering in our communities and the greater world at large, it is so easy to see.

Look then as a start, to the beauty within your neighbouring tree and witness the majesty of her transformations annually. Notice the small plants and animals and then find someone to share your miraculous insight with, joyfully. Be the change.

Start with the breath.

Follow with kindness, in anyway you may.

And continue with deep faith, every single day.

Namaste love,

Amber


Footnote

Every word written here is from my own direct experience and I deeply honour the embodied, kind, mutually respectful, accessible, authentic and enlivened teachers that have given me guidance along the way - to live fully and centred within expanded capacity.

I offer these writings to you from my heart. There is no dogma, no religious connotations, no suggesting that you ‘should’ be any other way that you already blessedly are - You are perfect exactly how you are and that’s the point ! - Rather a language is given, one that eludes to a pathway that you might enjoy walking for the miracle of You. 

Upon the Yoga mat, we practice to bring strength and flexibility to not only the body, also to witness the nature of the mind. It's enjoyable and it's beautiful. Similarly within the Embody Happy coaching program and the propagation of plant medicine for all. If I can be of service in anyway, please reach out.


Lead photos at The Federal Palace of Switzerland; Bundeshaus Bern

photographer credit - Nicolas Ipina


CONSOLE Essential Love, the next best thing to a big hug

doTERRA Console.jpg

Frankincense, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Labdanum, Amyris, Sandalwood, Rose, Osmanthus

Console diffused has a resinous sweetness that lands in the lungs like a kindly grandmotherly hug.

 

I think I love it but maybe more so, I think it loves me.

 

And that's a wonderful feeling, to be loved, held and seen.

 

That’s the effect of Console, diffused and topically.

 

In times of deep grief, release and despondency - when you are ready to be held and willing to settle into the spaciousness of tender peace.

 

Mix a *3% dilution of Console into a warm Abhyanga (self massage) blend.

After you are bathed, dressed and warm;

Diffuse 3-4 drops and directly inhale the mist.

 

Sit with a hot tea and be with the grandmotherly presence of Console.

 

If you can, go to sleep.

 

Continue to apply Console to pulse points daily until the intensity has abated.

*dilution recommended for a healthy adult

Console is a blend that is good to have on hand.

Would you like to purchase a bottle of doTERRA Console for your own ?

Ayurvedic Autumn feels

mistress

ˈmɪstrəs/

noun

  1. a woman in a position of authority or control.

    "she is always mistress of the situation, coolly self-possessed" - Google Dictionary


I often feel as though I’ve two mistresses.

Both devastatingly beautiful, unique, giving and gracefully bold in their own right.

The longest relationship, with me in and through, is with the one who nourished my blood and bones during the early years and the other; she bathes my curiosity here and now as an adult.

Deeply enchanted by the wisdoms given by both, I make best efforts to stay centred within the contrast and am humbled by the blessings of living such a high quality conundrum !

If this all sounds a little mysterious, I am describing two entirely differing terrains of the great Mother; my birth country Australia and the land Switzerland upon which I currently reside and raise my family.

As the Swiss Autumn seasonal cycle ignites, her peachy hue of softening light swoons upon my senses and I find myself devouring the transition with all the devotion of a Yogi adept to noticing and alchemising it all.

Home is a vulnerable topic for me, as any soil born baby would relate with; finding themselves planting roots over lands formed beyond unfamiliar seas.

Even after 7 years here abroad, the conversation is ever fresh and vulnerable.. But Not in a dry, rough or cold way, (which are all qualities of the deepening Autumn season) rather a yielding, abiding warmth and sweetness maintains; ever enhanced with a dash of saltiness (at times) and harnessed by ‘sour power’ which moistens the palette and brings any dispersed energy of the spirit back to the heart.

As children of the divine we must allow our humanness to shine. In and through every quality and taste of life, it is always a good idea to honour and bow to the magic of the unseen; to recognise the cyclical nature of things and see that in every season there are so many ways to embody harmony.

Ayurveda, the science of life, so beautifully neutralises all the complexity of wonderment with one core teaching and it is this.

Like attracts like and opposites harmonise

Attributes of Autumn.jpg.png

With the rise here in the Northern Hemisphere of Autumn, we begin to experience the environment becoming more cold, dry, rough and light. These are all qualities of the Vata dosha, born from the elements - air and space.

For those with more Vata in their constitution, this is the perfect seasonal opportunity to ensure that all the practices of lifestyle and nutrition that encourage moistening, warming, soothing and grounding are embraced - as these are the balancing qualities of Vata, the harmonising counterparts.

The chart to the right highlights in red the main attributes of nature that come from the elements Air & Space - the Vata dosha. Invite balance by seeking practices that encourage harmonising these qualities in your daily life.

Nutritionally, consider that the elemental construction of Vata - Air and Space, is Bitter in taste and thus grounded by Sweet, Sour and Salty on the palette.

Tastes to favour in Autumn.jpg.png

This linked recipe for Dandelion Pesto respectfully bids the Summer season adieu with a tilt of the hat to the Bitter taste helpful for balancing Pitta dosha, which culminates to a peak in the body from about now to mid November.

For those with more Pitta in their constitution - Fire with a little Water for flare - you may well be experiencing the elevation by way of inflammation, skin irritation, easily overheated mind body and emotion.

In such case, adhere to Pitta balancing Yoga, lifestyle and dietary guidelines to enjoy some relief until the Pitta declining rise of winter.

For those already feeling blown away by the Autumn breeze, check out this post with 3 yummy recipes to help fill your seasonal transition with thoroughly enjoyable eats.

I hope these words are helpful to you. Reach out and let me know in the comments below. I love to read you and respond to every one.

Love and peachy Autumn sun,

Amber xoxox

WILD ORANGE Essential Love, perfect for Vata support

(Citrus Sinensis)  “Wild Orange, Oh sweet friend  Be with me, fill my senses with clarity quell this lofty illusion of scarcity  I love your warmth and zest enduring.”

(Citrus Sinensis)
“Wild Orange, Oh sweet friend
Be with me, fill my senses with clarity quell this lofty illusion of scarcity
I love your warmth and zest enduring.”

With a nature that revitalises and uplifts, Wild Orange is an oil that helps us to let go of challenging days. Because being over-wired and over-tired got no-one anywhere, ever.

An immensely friendly oil, Wild Orange disguises her clarifying temperament with a sweet and playful presence that encourages the re-arranging of unhelpful perceptions.

For many, she quenches an insatiable inhale and allows the exhale to lengthen; bringing a knowing reminder that sweetness ripens in learning how to let go, root down and receive.

For clarifying the emotions

  • Place a drop directly into the hand, rub palms vigorously and deeply inhale. Enjoy a long exhale and then repeat, repeat, repeat.

For household love

  • Add to your DIY surface spray cleaner to cleanse and purify.

  • Diffuse a few drops to clean the air and uplift energetic space.

Health and wellbeing

  • Enjoy a drop in a teaspoon of honey to soothe a sore throat and bolster immune function.

  • For muscle inflammation, mix a 3% dilution with a carrier oil and massage over the site.

  • For difficulty relaxing at bed-time mix a 2% dilution with a carrier and massage into the feet.

Food and cooking

  • For a special spritzer treat, mix 1-2 drops in a little honey and stir into drinking water.

  • Add a drop or two to your morning smoothie to add a pop of orange taste.

  • 1-2 drops in a pumpkin spice cake is Delicious !

    Wild Orange is a beautiful and safe oil to welcome into your home.

Would you like to purchase a bottle of doTERRA Wild Orange for your own ?

Dandelion Greens Pesto Recipe

The beginning of Autumn is a great time to harvest bunches of yummy bitter Dandelion greens. You would regularily find me and the boys, in our yard plucking juicy Dandelion leaves to prepare for good eats.

I’m often intrigued by fellow lookers-on who comment with shock that Dandelion leaves are something we eat. Commonly referred to as weeds and overlooked by many, these generous plants give their whole body to nourish ours. The strong bitter taste in the leaves stimulates the secretion of bile in the liver and gall bladder which in turn cleanses and cools the blood to flush out excess Pitta heat.

The way I see it is that if there is an abundance of this medicinal plant growing so happily in ones own garden, then this is a strong sign from nature that this is a medicine that is begging to be seen. Learn about it and accordingly proceed !

The following Pesto recipe is a really handy to have at the ready and can bring an otherwise simple meal together by making up all 6 tastes. It can be stirred into almost anything - rice, pasta, potatoes or used as a dip with vegetables and a spread for bread. The possibilities are endless.

I make a full batch of this pesto recipe and freeze what I know I cant use within a few days; which packs a wonderful burst of nutrition to winter meals in a pinch.

FYI -> Ayurveda teaches us that the prana in food is diminished when the food is not eaten fresh. Use your discernment in this regard. It always good to know the ‘rules’ yet even better to use them for ones own encouragement rather than discouragement.

In my opinion, its a far more sattvic choice to consume a little home made pesto from the freezer rather than a glass of rum and a defrosted factory farm steak !

Small steps to thriving health must be enjoyable. Sustainable transformation is a journey of love, kindness, patience and time.

Enjoy :)


DANDELION GREENS PESTO

Ingredients

dandelion greens pesto.jpg.png
  • 1/2 cup pinenuts

  • 3 cloves of garlic (diced)

  • 2 cups of fresh dandelion greens (chopped)

  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 

Directions

  • process all the ingredients (except the parmesan cheese) in a food processor until smooth. Add more oil if required

  • Add the parmesan and blend until smooth

  • Refrigerate in a jar covering the top with a little more olive oil

  • Enjoy within a few days.


Do you like it ? Did you try it ? Let me know in the comments below.

I love to read you and will reply every time.

Love, Amber