Summer is over, the warmer weather has left us, the kids are back to school, and the season is definitely changing. The summer used to be my favorite season growing up for many reasons. I spent about 10 years in warmer climates (Florida & San Diego), which left me missing the change in seasons. Sure, there is a slight shift in temperature and schedules change, but there is nothing like the autumn season in New York. I have lived back home on Long Island for nearly 10 years now and each year I love the fall more and more.
There is an energy to each season. In Chinese medicine theory, the organ systems are divided into pairs that correlate with different seasons and elements. For example, the fall is the season that corresponds to the element of metal. Metal involves the organs Lung and Large Intestine. Emotions are also associated with the different individual organs. The lung/large intestine are paired organs and associated with grief or sadness. The actions of the lungs are to take in the new, while the action of the large intestine is to empty and release waste( let it go).
Autumn is the season where many people tend to catch colds easily and/or deal with respiratory issues. Being that the fall is the season of the Lung/Large intestine, it is the most important time to protect yourself from the elements. I will go over some simple ways to do this later on. As the weather changes, people naturally tend to be inside more. This allows for people to become more introspective and search within if there are any emotions that need to be dealt with. Once an uncomfortable emotion or issue arises, it is important to then be able to let it go. I think the significance of the physical and emotional functions of these paired organs (Lung/Large Intestine) is amazing. You can’t have one without the other: the taking in and the letting go. It is part of nature and also part of the reality of being human.
Here are some helpful tips to get through this Autumn successfully:
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1