Welcome to AUTUMN, traditionally the season of harvest!
Our bodies begin to harvest and gather energies inward for the colder winter months and move it down, which is a Yin quality.
AUTUMN is the season for clearing any excess heat from the body, and then starting to warm it from the inside to prepare for the colder months. In the Chinese Medicine concept of the Five Elements it correlates to the Metal Element, which allows us to efficiently let go of what is not necessary, and store only what is needed for winter.
This element relates to the lung (which intakes breath) and large intestine meridian (which out flows waste products). When out of balance this can manifest as bronchitis, shortness of breath, cough, allergies, nasal congestion, emphysema, colds, sore throat, constipation, diarrhea, spastic colon and abdominal pain.
In autumn we need to learn how to reconnect to the natural rhythm of our breathe and with love let go of our pain, discomfort and/or grief, embracing this energy and then letting go of that which no longer serves us. Emotionally we may feel depressed, we are stubborn (inability to ‘let go’), feel isolated and negative instead of tranquil, inspired, spontaneous and fresh!
If we observe and are in harmony with the spirit of the season, we can see that Nature moves into a period of rest, we too must be cautious not to overexert. The time for “putting it all out there” – the Summer – has passed. Now is the time to contain ourselves, acting and speaking only when necessary, exerting our will quietly and calmly.