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4 African-Inspired Grounding Practices for the Fall Equinox


Dr. Ray in the Park

Whew y'all! We made it through another Summer. The recent heatwave was brutal, and I don't know how I would have survived those 100F+ days without our A/C. Seriously, thank God the grid didn't go out!

** Take a deep breath...hold........................release. **

Fall is upon us! Today, I walked to the nearby park to pick up some dinner, and while I was waiting on my order I took off my sandals so my feet could ground into the cool, prickly grass as the bright, warm sun reigned on my face and neck. In that moment, a wave of a breeze flushed over me and signaled Fall is very near. (See pic)

The Autumn/Fall Equinox is on Thursday, September 22nd, so this is a good time to start planning how you'd like to honor the seasonal transition. Below are a few nature-centered ideas inspired by African practices to connect to the grounding energy of Fall.

Craft or create art honoring the Autumn season and nature

  • Take a picture of beautiful colors of leaves and frame it to put on your wall.

  • Make a sculpture, knit a garment or paint something that captures the essence of Fall.

  • Make a candle with your favorite scents for Fall and burn it for aromatherapy.

Fall cleansing - it's time to clean house, literally!

  • Go through your home to remove, trash or donate items you no longer want or use.

  • Choose your favorite cleansing dried herb (i.e. sage, wild lavender, tobacco leaf) to smudge your home.

  • Dust and wash your home from top to bottom, including the nooks & crannies, to cleanse the space of dirt and stagnant energy. (Extra tip: can use Florida water or similar for this step, if part of your spiritual practice)

  • A clean space promotes light, peace and progress. Smells better too!

Confront your shadow side

  • Find a safe space outside in nature to sit, or if not possible, create a safe space in your home where you can sit on the floor in quiet and comfort.

  • Begin taking deep breaths and scan your body for areas of tension or unease.

  • If any discomfort, tension, or intrusive thoughts arise, take a moment to feel deeper into it and ask yourself:

    • Where is this feeling coming from?

    • Is there a source or trigger?

    • What does this feeling want from you?

    • Can you breathe into it to release and relax?

  • As you confront these uneasy or shadowy aspects of yourself, try to find grace, compassion and acceptance within the process.

    • Consider saying aloud: I'm grateful for the opportunity to explore, acknowledge and release the fill in the blank (energy, sensation or feeling).

Take a Forest Hike

  • Choose a hike with plenty of trees and brilliant leaf colors to admire nature's beauty during this season.

  • Get "lost" for a while and listen to what the trees whisper!

  • All Trails is a great resource to find a good hike.

And if you want to take a deeper dive in supporting your health & wellness this Fall, check our Dr. Ray's online offerings:

The content in this article is for informational purposes only and not intended as medical advice.


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