Let Go And Get Inspired Using Seasonal Change.
As we observe and feel seasonal change, we should also be adjusting our lifestyles to match. The lengthening or shortening period of daylight hours, variable changes in the climate we live in and even changes in the availability of locally produced food, are all signals for us to start making changes. Start by observing what is happening in nature, feel what is happening within your own being and adjust how you are looking after your body-mind accordingly.
As we transition from late Summer into Autumn, or from the end of Winter into Spring our bodies can be vulnerable to head colds, coughs and other upper respiratory ailments. In Chinese medicine healthy Wei Qi provides a defensive barrier that protects us from pathogens in the external environment. In order to have strong Wei Qi, our bodies need to be well nourished, well rested and detoxified as much as possible. We also need to layer our clothing appropriately to protect ourselves from the stress placed on our bodies by seasonal change weather variations.
Wei Qi is ruled by the energy of the Lungs. The Lungs are about bringing in what is good and pure to help build the qi of our body. The Lungs are also about what inspires us and our connection to something greater than ourselves. People with vulnerable Lung energy may struggle more with resistance to colds and flus if they also live in places with poor air quality or overly damp or dry surroundings. When your body’s immune system is struggling with lingering or repeated colds and flus it is hard to feel inspired in life. When your thought processes are stuck in negativity, inspiration also doesn’t flow.
Grief is the emotion that most affects the energy of the Lung. Grieving is a natural and normal part of letting go. If you haven’t grieved a loss, your Lung energy can become constrained. Grief can be manageable or it can be extraordinarily overwhelming. It also takes time to settle and tends to come in waves that arrive out of the blue. It’s ok to allow it to ebb and flow. That is actually quite normal. If you are aware you have been holding on to grief, I’m about to explain why Autumn is a really good time to start the process of letting it go. Residues of grief may always be there for you, but letting it flow overtime can release it’s hold on you.
In Chinese medicine the Lungs are a paired organ with the Large Intestine. Physically, a healthy Large Intestine eliminates what is left over and unusable after nutrients have been extracted from food during digestion. In other words it removes the parts of the food that do not serve us. It’s about letting go. During Autumn, the season which correlates with the Lungs and Large intestine, we also observe this nature of letting go as we watch autumn leaves and harvest fruits fall from the trees. Left around the plants they create a rich compost that later will feed the tree roots and encourage further growth.
Mentally, if we don’t let go of mental processes and ways of being that no longer serve us we can affect our growth as as human beings. When we are not able to let go mentally and emotionally, we prevent the full extent of growth that could arise from the richness of our experiences. We then restrict our capacity for bringing in what is pure, strengthening and inspiring. This in turn limits our ability to connect to our greater potential, humanity and indeed our highest power.
Energetically Autumn is the perfect time of year to look at various aspects of your life and evaluate what doesn’t serve you any longer. It’s a good time to start thinking about letting go where necessary. Some of you will quite naturally be de-cluttering and pondering changes that involve letting go of something in your life.
We can observe in nature what occurs if we haven’t cleared away the debris of life so that energy can flow. If our rain water spoutings, storm water drains and waterways aren’t clear, flooding can occur when the rain comes – and then there is a big mess to clean up! One thing in life is for sure, either literally or figuratively – the rain will come! The mess we have to clean up is less if we have taken time to clear clutter and debris first. The idea is to allow for the process of life to flow through and around obstacles as freely as possible. Mental rigidity, emotional stuck-ness and physical pollution can all create barriers to health and life fulfilment. When we can keep our body and mind as clear as possible, it helps us to adjust our course and recover from the curve balls life inevitably throws at us.
Autumn is a perfect time to pay particular attention to Large Intestine and Lung health. Your seasonal change check list is:
- Clean up your diet.
- Make sure your diet and eating habits are getting your bowels moving daily.
- Clean up what you feed your mind.
- Actively let go of negative thought habits.
- Start letting go of what no longer serves you in your life – your habits, your lifestyle, how you spend your time, your thinking.
- Think about what inspires you.
- Make sure the air you breath is good – get outside in fresh air, clean the filters on your inside heating, humidify or dehumidify your home as needed.
- Take time to breath deeply.
- Get inspired about what you can do to create change if you are feeling less than content in an area of your life. The first step maybe to just let go!
- Each one of these affects each other, so why not look at all of them!