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PART II // By 5 element theory, white is the color for this season, although culturally here in North America, it’s the warm rusty tones. In TCM, the yellows and oranges are reserved for the summer season or the fire element.
Allow for white space in your life as you clear corners, purge the excess, and consequently find more room to breathe.
Spring-cleaning is followed by Fall-clearing.
Protect your boundaries.
Be open to new ideas.
Embrace a positive self-image.
Let go of negativity in your life. ‘Aint nobody got time for that.
Purge. Rinse and repeat.
Wind starts to take stride more swiftly during this season and into the next. According to TCM, wind is an external evil that is responsible for 100 diseases and the lungs are delicate organs whose system circulates inside-out, including the skin. Be sure to cover the nape of your neck when out ‘n about to protect your body’s defenses (wei qi) and keep your skin regularly (not excessively) exfoliated and moisturized.
Hydrate. This is the season of dryness. Hydrate again—before you feel thirsty because your natural desire for fluids will decline as the heat is replaced by coolness. Keep that summer habit. Drink more water. No liquid candy. No fancy PSL-mile-long-ingredient-list drinks. Water. It’s enough. It’s what we’re made of. Oh, and no ice. Room temp or warm.
Take time to monitor your breath. Practice this technique to relax more deeply:
Breathe in for 4 seconds,
hold it for 7 seconds,
exhale-out for 8 slow seconds.
Repeat for a few minutes until your mind is clearer and you feel at ease.
The dominating emotion of this time is sorrow/grief. Allow yourself to process these emotions carefully. Seek help as needed. This is the time to hold for a moment only to swiftly let go, move on. You don’t have to forgot. We often can’t. You just need to pull it away from gripping your heart and hold it into your hands. It's more manageable. Feel but dont dwell. Trust in a higher purpose.
Tell me what you love about fall.. ✏♥
PART I //
Autumn is upon us. Although I’m a summer baby, I’ve always fallen in love with the fall season. It's the smoothest of seasons—the calm after summer and the crisp-warmth before winter. Sweaters, layers, chai, pears, cinnamon, and sunshine. Leaves drop, reminding us to do the same with the things that no longer serve us yet we’re stilling clenching onto. The soil takes in fallen organic matter nourishingly, reminding us to take root into the things that fuel us. It's a beautiful time
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is all about reflecting the macrocosm of nature into our own microcosm. Seasonal changes are of utmost importance when it comes to aligning ourselves with the world we inhabit. There are organs, colors, emotions, directions, flavors, and even developmental stages that correspond to each season within what is known as The 5 Element Framework in TCM. The 5 elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water, which correspond to Spring, Summer, Late Summer (yep, there is an extra season ; ) ), Fall, and Winter, respectively.
I fall in love with Eastern medicine over/over, however, this element (pun intended) of TCM is what has intrigued me from Day 1. It’s incredibly beautiful to reflect our understanding of the human body by virtue of the natural world around us. We are in-sync // or should strive to be in order to thrive.
The organs associated with the fall season or metal element are the lungs and large intestine. Focus on respiratory health. Be mindful of taking in fresh air. Drink aromatic teas like eucalytus, thyme, and sage infusions. Use your neti pot and add a saline solution to rinse your nasal cavity regularly. Eat and/or take probiotics. Kefir, saukraut, pickled beets, and/or supplments to boost. Start to consume more warming-heartier foods rather than a raw-heavy diet. Think: more stews, less salads. Steam your veggies. Warm them up. Mix them into a soup. Add softened roots. And pumpkin. What’s fall without pumpkin?
PART ll coming up.. What's your favorite part of the fall season? ✨✏ Tag a friend who you're celebrating the fall se with💞