Self care tips this Autumn Season
In Chinese medicine, Autumn is the season of the element Metal (or air). Grief is the emotion of the Metal element. This element is related to the organs of the lungs & large intestine. These two organs symbolize the action, function & ability of "receiving & letting go" physically & emotionally.
In Chinese medicine philosophy, the lungs receive energy into the body for processing through the breath. The large intestine releases, as it lets go of & expels unwanted wastes & toxins. Throughout our journey in life, we all experience loss, separation, and "letting go," and we can feel grief during those times.
Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go. As the leaves dry, turn golden brown and fall from the trees, it's a reminder that we can't hold on to life. The cycles of nature grow, blossom, fruit, fall and decay. Recognizing the things we have to let go of is a skill in itself.
This zen proverb reminds us that when we hold on for too long and don't allow for change, we stagnate, and stagnation leads to pain. Letting go can feel painful and difficult, but just like the golden leaves of Autumn, it possesses a beauty of its own.
One of the philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine is that we should eat with the seasons. During the colder months, we should eat foods that warm up the body to bring balance. Foods like porridge, soups and stews are good to help support the bodies energy.
Another self-care tip is to protect your lungs during Autumn as we transition into the colder weather. Things like wearing a scarf, covering your neck, wearing collared shirts and warm socks can all help to keep you warm and ward of the cold.
Why? You might ask?
Because Autumn is also associated with the wind. Interestingly, in Chinese Medicine, the wind is considered to be 'the cause of 100 diseases'. A simple thing like wearing a scarf can ward off cold, which is said to enter most easily at the neck. It's an easy way to stay warm, portable & stylish!
Keeping the lungs strong & healthy is important in Autumn. In Chinese Medicine, the lungs are considered a 'delicate organ' because of their close relationship with the outer body. The lungs are the only Yin organ directly connected to the outside of the body. So we must be extra careful to keep them strong, especially during Autumn.