Dicho: Otoño Entrante…Welcoming Fall
Otoño entrante, barriga tirante
The Spanish refran, or dicho, goes that that big, stretched out belly you got going on this Fall is.a left-over from summer excesses.
Word! I can relate.
It’s why I am attempting to move it, move it, move it before the lazy days of Fall envelope me, force me into fuzzy socks and sit me next to a fireplace — with lots of comfort food on a plate — for the next three, four, five months.
I slow down a lot in the Fall. We go to festivals and fairs, and we play outside in the beautiful golden light, but for the most part, I adhere to the principle that I am a part of nature — and nature and I are about to take a big rest.
It’s also very Feng Shui.
The Fall season, according to the practice, is about hearth, home, friends, familia. It is about the cozy, the comfortable, the heart. El alma.
How do I honor it?
I say no to invitations a lot. Yes, I do. Instead, if there is a pachanga, it’s at my casita in the woods. I also light candles and the fireplace, bring out the couch blankets. I cook even more, we bake, we roast. And, I continue my forever quest to declutter, to let go of more and more. Pa’fuera con lo que no se usa.
It’s hard to slow down, for sure. But, honoring the seasons — and pulling back from el excesso — means Fall is for amigos del alma, for familia…and for me.
Do you honor the seasons in your life? Do you spend more simple time with friends and family in the Fall?