The Fall equinox is upon us; the days are becoming shorter, the air is getting crisper, and we are energetically moving into the season corresponding to the natural element of Metal. Metal is transformative and is all about letting go of old negativity and patterns. Autumn is when the leaves change colors and fall to the ground, which is also a good time for us to let our old leaves go too. There is no point in clinging onto our old leaves, as it is part of the natural cycle; new leaves will grow soon enough in their place. 

The emotion related to Fall and the metal element is grief. If your metal element is in balance you are able to process grief in a healthy way; when your metal element is out of balance you will have a hard time letting go, or on the other side of the spectrum, may feel numb and unable to feel and express sadness. In Chinese medicine, the metal element corresponds to the lungs and the large intestine. Physically and energetically, they are about taking in the pure, and releasing the impure. 

How can we prepare ourselves for the season of letting go and positive transformation? 

Breathe | Our breath is a beautiful and easy way to take in the pure and goodness of the world, and to release and breathe out what is no longer serving us. Imagine a white light coming in with every inhale, and a black cloud releasing out with every exhale. Try doing this for at least 1 minute everyday. Inhale to the count of 5, hold for a moment, and exhale to the count of 5. Also, surrounding ourselves with the natural providers of oxygen, plants, will increase our ability to breathe in the pure. Fill your home with plants of all shapes and sizes. Say hello to them and give gratitude for their life-giving gifts they provide to you every moment and every day. 

Cleanse |  If you are not having regular bowel movements, this is something you need to correct, as it is very essential that your body is releasing unnecessary waste on a daily basis. There are multiple reasons why the bowels may be off, so getting to the root of what is going on will be the best way to relieve this and get the body back in balance. This is a great thing to see a Chinese Medicine practitioner for. If your bowel movements are dry and hard to expel try sipping on warm water with honey, increasing your intake of healthy fats (avocados, olive oil, coconut oil), and eating more nuts and seeds (hemp seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, sesame seeds). If you are under a lot of stress try exercising more to promote movement and increase circulation. Make sure you are getting enough fiber in your diet (think lots of veggies!), and if not, adding in a good prebiotic fiber can be very helpful (I like prebiotic fiber by garden of life). 

Letting go | Take inventory or your surroundings. Has it been awhile since your last big closet clean out? How about your kitchen; is it stocked full of unused products and decaying food? What around you can you let go of? Take a physical sweep through your home, releasing what no longer makes you happy and what no longer has a purpose in your life.

Take inventory of your emotional body. Is there any sadness that you are holding onto? Any people in your life you have yet to forgive? Forgiving and letting go is not synonymous with condoning bad behavior. Forgiveness is for our own sanity, and for our own emotional health. This does not need to even be done physically to the person who may have wronged you. Say a prayer and forgive them and release the negative energy. Also, take a look within and see if there is anything that you are not forgiving yourself for. Are you still upset with yourself for not saying or doing the "right" thing, or making a mistake? Allow yourself to release this negativity out into the universe where it can be renewed and transformed instead of keeping it wrapped up unto yourself. You can do this by deep breathing as mentioned above, writing down these emotions (and possibly burning the pages), or by receiving Acpuncture with an emphasis on balancing the metal element. 

Our next Acupuncture in Savasana event is all about balancing our metal element. The focus will be on letting go, strengthening the immune system, and relieving allergies. Please join us on September 24th. Sign up here.