Root Doctor, Seed Sweetener
In some traditions, Autumn is the time of letting go (seeds), and grieving, (fear of the unknown and the feeling of being disconnected from that which roots us).
And there is a waiting time. We let go, we sleep, we get up the next day and wonder. We do this for months.
And while we (up here in our areal brain parts) wonder ..... the roots continue their biological duty: gathering nutrients from their deepest place of resources. They are drinking up from the ever-steady 50 - 55 degree temperature environment of mineral rich soil and water.
While lots of stuff was doomed to go bad during the power outages, my yams and sauerkraut were perfect. They are happy in the cool temperature, and continue feeding during difficult times, along with other nutrient dense foods like dried meats, dried fruits, and nuts. My neighbor gave us fresh eggs, which will be eaten far before their time to go bad.
OK, my point here is not to tell you what's in my pantry - but to consider what each season asks of us.
What does the time of seeds and roots ask of you? And how are you responding? Are you ensuring your biological duties such as eating and sleeping and absorbing love?
I find that the majority of people I talk to about SAD, report very specific ailments. They are usually about feeling a sense of fighting their days (swimming upstream) feeling abandoned by nature (disconnected) and isolated (loneliness and fear of lack).
Roots are good medicine for all of these - both literally and metaphorically.
I invite you to nourish your roots.
Look around you in your dark or wintry cave - do you have rooted company?
Do you need to make a coping-date once or twice a month with someone who lifts your spirits and makes you laugh? You (or they) may not reach out during the dark months - make the dates now.
What is in your pantry - do you have some beets, yams, onions, and mineral rich foods to accompany them? Our soils are not what they used to be, so minerals from bones and seaweed become essential to include.
What seeds are you dropping? Are they seeds right under you that need loam and compost like an acorn? (Family?) Are they far reaching seeds that need wind and currents like a dandelion? (Outreach, communications, non-profit work?) Or perhaps they are water-carried seeds: emotions which need transformation, emollient tending, and purification, like the little linden seeds.
Consider the nature of the seeds you are dispersing.
Each type of seed requires a timing, a mode of transportation, a temperature, and a specific means of protection as it germinates. Some require a catalyst like fire.
Many wild edible seeds don't even get sweet until they've been kissed by frost, like rose hips.
Go inside and nourish you, get outside and harvest roots and seeds :)