In Chinese medicine, the fall is a time of letting go. It’s an energy of going inward. A time to become introspective. Fall is naturally a time to release old thought patterns and negative habits. It’s actually this letting go that allows room for us to grow and evolve when spring rolls back around again. It’s all part of the natural cycle.
Fall is associated with the element of metal and the internal organ is the lung.
Metal governs order and organization, as well as the mind, setting limits, communication and protecting boundaries. If we think of summer as a time of fire and all things external – like traveling and playing outside – fall is a time to go inward and organize your life. It’s a time to finish any projects you started in the spring and summer.
If we think about the movement of the lung, we’re reminded of the principles of fall. Our inhale, this represents receiving the energy of the world and our internal focus. Our exhale symbolizes the letting go of what no longer serves us.
Grief is the emotion of the lung. And because of this, fall is a really good time to acknowledge any unresolved grief and work to release its energy.
Here are some tips for connecting and staying healthy this fall:
Do an internal cleanse.
Ask yourself these questions –
- What do I no longer need that I can let go of?
- Do I have any unresolved grief that needs to be released?
- What are the negative thoughts running through my mind that I can now let go?
- What are the habits and patterns that I’m allowing to run my life that I’m ready to move away from?
What have you started that you haven’t finished? Make these a priority this fall.
Make it a special point to focus on breathing. This will allow you to maintain your physical, emotional and mental health that you built up over the summer.
Protect your lungs.
The nose is the opening to the lungs and by protecting your nose and sinuses, you can prevent colds. You can do this by using a netti pot (I suggest plastic so you can do this in the shower and not worry about it breaking) with some sea salt to regularly cleanse your nasal passages. Keep in mind that it’s important to use filtered water and diligently keep your netti pot clean.
Shift your diet.
We’re also back to limiting cold and raw foods as well as dairy. Eating these in excess can produce dampness and phlegm which gets stored in the lungs. Its helpful to add pungent foods such as onions, garlic, mustard and horseradish.
Now over to you: do you have specific things you do to transition into the new season? Let me know in the comments below!