Notes to help you embrace the Autumn Season fully:
Autumn is the season of harvest, a time when we start to go inward and gather together on all levels, a time to store up food, fuel and warm clothing, a time to think, perhaps study and plan for the soon coming stillness of the winter. In nature, everything moves its energy inwards and downwards. Leaves and fruits fall. Green grasses turn into lighter and drier colours. Those enchanting yellow, orange and red colours are everywhere!
The forces of Autumn create dryness in Heaven and metal on Earth; they create the lung organ and the skin upon the body... and the nose, and the white colour, and the pungent flavour...the emotion of grief, and the ability to make a weeping sound. - Inner Classic
The autumn is the time to be more focused on the preparation of food to obtain the energy required for the cooler months ahead. Soups, grains and loads of earthy vegetables come in play, hotpots, roasts...
Play with the vegetables and fruits in season: apples, damsons, pears, plums, chestnuts, elderberries,blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, artichoke, aubergine, beetroot, broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, celery, courgette, fennel, garlic, kale, leeks, onions, potatoes, turnips, watercress, celeriac, kohlrabi, pumpkin, Jerusalem artichoke, parsnips, chicory, beetroot, cauliflower.
In Chinese medicine, Autumn is the season of the metal element and the organ represented are the lungs and the large intestine.
Here are a few words associated with the Autumn/Metal element. Take a look at them and observe yourself and the others around you. Can you recognise any symptoms? This may indicate balance and/or imbalance.
Reflective Spiritual and mental nourishment Heavenly father providing the chi
with the ability to let go - to grief life or someone Pure Valuable
Cold Perfectionism Precise Congestion Sharp Strength
Materialism Hard Shiny Connection/Network within our body
connectedness in a spiritual level - if imbalanced, feeling of disconnection
Colour: white - pure / high expectations
Organs: lungs and large intestine
Lungs: we take in pure chi energy and are connected to the Universe and each other Large intestine: we get rid of what we don't need.
Imbalances: asthma, skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, IBS, constipation, a flamy cough, mucous, weeping eyes...
If many of these words, symptoms resonate with you, not only during the Autumn season but during the year or perhaps, for many years, you might have an imbalance.
Contact me if you'd like me to help you understand & heal any of these imbalances. There are many foods, herbs, supplements and natural techniques to support the bodymind during the healing process of these imbalances.
'We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like Autumn and Winter, they gradually pass away.' - Chuang Tzu
'Everyone must sit and watch the leaves turn.' - Elizabeth Lawrence
'Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.'