Use Your Five Senses to Mindfully Enjoy Fall

Fall Provides an Array of Stimuli for Our Senses

Nature produces a wide variety of sensory stimuli this time of year. Many people choose this season as their favorite, for good reason!

Autumn provides us with many opportunities to practice mindfulness. By slowing down and focusing with our senses, we can enjoy fall at a deeper level. 

 

Sights

With the turning of the leaves, the colors of Mother Nature’s palette are gorgeous this time of year. Take in the abundance of bright reds, oranges and yellows. I understand why this is such a popular season for road trips and photography. What’s not to love? 

You can check out our article on the Best Road Trips  to enjoy this fall.

bright red leaves on a branch

 

Smells

Take a whiff of the smell of a fresh autumn day. Nothing is more grounding than the earthy scent of fall. As a child, my sisters and I jumped in the leaf piles, burying ourselves, and  throwing handfuls of leaves at each other.

Who can forget the distinct scent of burning leaves once the raking and playing comes to an end? After a long day outside, it’s divine to enter a warm home to the wondrous aroma (and eventually the taste) of spiced apple cider, hot cocoa, and pumpkin pie.   . 

 

Sounds

The brisk autumn breeze beckoning the leaves to finally let go of their hold on the tree branches. The crunch of fallen leaves under foot. Crackling leaves and branches in the back yard fire-pit. And how about “Trick-or-Treat” ringing through the air as children celebrate Halloween at the end of October?

 

Halloween's pumpkins with autumn leaves on wooden table

Touch

The house where I grew up had a maple tree and two huge pine trees in the front yard.  I recall the feel of the pine needles and leaves in my hands as we used them to make layouts of our “homes” on the grass.

Putting on a warm pair of gloves after the heat of summer is gone. The feel of the rake in your hands.  Rubbing your hands together by the fire to warm them. Cleaning out the pumpkin in order to carve a jack-o-lantern. I have yet to find this last one enjoyable!

 

piece of pumpkin pie and two pumpkins

Taste

Everything’s coming up pumpkins! The recipes for what to do with the abundance of pumpkins this time of year seem endless. Pumpkin pie, of course, is the first thing I think of. There’s pumpkin soup, punch, and desserts galore.

There certainly is no scarcity of apples this season either. Spiced apple cider, caramel apples, and, my personal favorite, home-made apple crisp. 

You can check out a couple of our fall recipes here:

Easy Pumpkin Dessert

Pumpkin Spice Punch Recipe

 

Spend time in nature and enjoy this fall season with all of your senses. Mindfulness makes the experience so much more pleasurable and memorable.

Share with us what you enjoy most about this season in the comments below!

Till next time, Sandra

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6 thoughts on “Use Your Five Senses to Mindfully Enjoy Fall

  • October 16, 2017 at 4:35 pm
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    Fall is so beautiful! I’m not really into the pumpkin tastes or smells, but oh the bonfire or wood burning stove smells are to die for!
    While driving, there is nothing more enjoyable than smelling the wood burning smoke from homes as I pass by. Smelling the harvest of corn is wonderful as well (yes, I grew up on a farm). I like to kick my feet through the leaves as I walk.
    Call me crazy, but I love the chill in the air, seeing your breath, wearing a swearshirt, watching and listening to a fireplace or bonfire….and no more lawn mowing!
    I am so ready for fall and winter…bring it on!!

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    • October 16, 2017 at 5:01 pm
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      KB,
      I agree…at least with the fall season…not so sure about winter!
      Sandra

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  • October 17, 2017 at 3:51 pm
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    Pumpkin anything and everything! I have a pumpkin spice candle burning right now. I love carving pumpkins then baking the seeds in the oven with a ton of salt. One of these years I’m going to learn to make pumpkin soup!

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    • October 17, 2017 at 4:32 pm
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      Eliza,
      That is one of my goals for this year, and it probably is super easy to make!
      Sandra

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