October 18, 2021

3 Things to do in October.


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For those who want to bring some fun, Halloween vibes into the month of October, read on:

1. Brew apple tea.

In a small pot of water, add slices of apple, some cinnamon (just ½ or ¼ of a stick will do for two to three cups of tea—otherwise it’ll be too strongly flavored of cinnamon), and if you like a bit of heat, a tiny dash of cayenne pepper. Simmer it for about an hour, though longer is just fine, and then strain it. Then, add a little squeeze of lemon. You can dress up the cups of tea with more fresh apple slices if you prefer.

While sipping your tea, take the opportunity to meditate. When the weather’s a perfect mix of sunshine and crisp air, you can take your tea outside and appreciate the changing season.

2. Honor the dead.

Those who believe in the afterlife or spirit world consider this time of year to be when the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest.

I like to set aside some time to remember my departed loved ones. I look at old photos and watch old home movies or video clips I’ve saved. I jot down a few things I learned from those people (and pets), or ways they brought something positive into my life. If there’s anything about them that particularly inspired me, I remind myself that I can embody those qualities, too. I haven’t tried this yet, but I also think it could be incredibly cathartic to write a letter to someone you’ve lost, letting them know what’s going on in your life now and what they’ve missed.

3. Draw three tarot cards.

Each tarot card can help us decide the following:

>> Something to let go of. (For example, the Five of Cups card represents grief and sorrow, so we might try to reconcile and move past something that we feel hurt over, or something Iwe feel guilty about.)

>> Something new to try. (For example, the Four of Swords card represents stillness and mental power, so we might try a new way to meditate that week, or search for some new favorite guided meditations.)

>> A way to care for ourselves. (For example, the Temperance card represents healing, renewal, and balance, so we might spend less time on must-dos and more time on want-to-dos. Or, we might focus extra on healthy eating to balance out the Halloween candy—wink.)

If the cards don’t really align with the category, I’ll swap them around. The cards are just a tool to help with introspection, rather than foretelling.

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