In Traditional Chinese medicine, Autumn is a time of turning inwards. Things become a bit quieter than the expansive Summer and there is a sense of spaciousness.
It is associated with the Metal element and the organs and meridians that come into play for the remainder of April and May are the Lungs and Large Intestine – responsible for letting in and letting go.
Make sure you are breathing fully and deeply. Not only do we breathe in oxygen but we also breathe in the chi (or life force) of the air.
It is common for people to be more vulnerable to colds, bronchial infection and allergies in the cooler days of autumn. The pollens and mould in the air, as well as the cold winds of autumn, stress our immune reserves, making it a good time to support the immune system with some herbs and supplements.
(I swear by Armaforce by Bioceuticals – Andrographis and Olive Leaf with Echinacea or Sambuccol – black elderberry, taken at the first sign of a cold).
When we look at the large Intestine, it is related to our ability to let go – not only physically in terms of waste, but metaphysically in terms of holding on to things that we no longer need – whether they be relationships, jobs, possessions, thoughts, beliefs, etc…
Autumn is the perfect season to do release work in. When we align our actions with the energy of the season we are in, the results are always more powerful and long lasting. The Metal element connects us with the ability to let go of the past and create space for the new.
Here are my top tips to keep healthy and balanced during Autumn:
- Cleanse your body – as you move into Autumn, do a gentle cleanse by eating seasonal fruit and vegetables, and only complex carbohydrates to help the body eliminate toxins; this will help your immune system to be available for any colds or flus associated with the coming months.
- Be organised – try to focus on what you have accomplished rather than stressing about all the work that you still need to do. Break down tasks into small steps. Declutter your home one drawer/room at a time.
- Practice letting go – Autumn is the season to unburden ourselves of old hurts and resentments. A good exercise is to write down everything that you feel that is still lingering from the previous year. Write each event on a separate piece of paper focusing on all the emotion you are holding within you. When you are done, tear them up and throw in the bin or burn them, watching the smoke dissipate.
- Drink plenty of water. As Autumn is associated with dryness, it is very important to hydrate by drinking at least 8-10 glasses of filtered water daily. Water also bulks the foods in our Large Intestines and promotes healthier bowel movements.
- Breathe deeply. Breathing exercises which strengthen the lungs, increase energy and still the mind are particularly appropriate for this time of year. Most people take short, shallow breaths into their chest which can make you feel anxious and sap your energy.
Below is an easy technique to help you learn how to take deeper breaths, all the way into your belly:
- Get comfortable – lie on your back in bed or sit in a chair with your shoulders, head and neck supported.
- Breathe in through your nose. Let your belly fill with air.
- Breathe out through your nose.
- Place one hand on your belly. Place the other hand on your chest.
- As you breathe in, feel your belly rise. As you breathe out, feel your belly lower. The hand on your belly should move more than the one that’s on your chest.
- Take three more deep, full breaths. Breathe fully into your belly as it rises and falls with your breath.
If you have anything that you are having trouble letting go of give me a call on 0411 095 029.
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