‘Some of us think holding on makes us strong, sometimes it is letting go’Herman Hesse
Seasonal Health in Autumn
Every season brings with it its own energy, values and dynamics. But in autumn we can probably learn more about ourselves than in any other season; it forces us to return to our very essence. It is the time of the year where we look for the things that add value to our lives and where we have to let go of everything we no longer need to create space for future growth and expansion. In nature we see the same phenomena, the trees are letting go of their leaves; they return back to the earth to enrich the soil for growth in the spring.
Autumn Element – Metal
Anyone who follows Consuming Passions knows by now that we use the seasons and the ‘Elements’ as a source of inspiration. We believe that by going along in the flow of the seasons, as nature does, and in trying to understand its effects on you, you are able to be more in balance with your own health and well-being.
The Elements are a classification system of the Chinese Five Element theory; Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. Each Element corresponds, among others, with emotions, colors, seasons, tastes, senses, tissues, organs and also an associated personal typology. Consuming Passions uses this system of correspondences creatively, not as a strict set of rules; we use them to gain understanding and create insight. In the five element theory the Metal element 金 is associated with the fall.
The correspondences of the organs of the Metal Element are on a body, mind and spiritual level related to the large intestines and the lungs. They work together as a team; letting go of the old and taking in the new. The large intestines eliminate the waste that we no longer need and the lungs are breathing in the new. If one of the organs is not functioning well, the others will fail.
From a psychological point of view the emotions related to the Metal Element are grief and sadness. Also on a mental and spiritual level we have to let go of waste, releasing the things that have been a burden to us in order to prevent ourselves from getting toxic and constipated. Separation and loss can be a very painful process, which often goes with feelings of grief and sadness but can create space for future growth and expansion.
Regular meditation can be of a great help in our personal harvesting; try to touch what you wish to let go and what seeds you want to incubate over the winter to be ready to grow and blossom next spring. You can do this of course through sitting meditations, but walking meditation in crisp and cool dry air, that allows us to breathe deeply, might also do it, as long as you keep your focus on your meditation questions.
For general healthy breathing, exercise should be practiced on a daily basis to strengthen your lungs and immune system. As the days and nights become cooler, our energy begins to contract and our immune system gets quite challenged by the weather changes during this season.
You can practice breathing exercises through Qi Gong, Tai Chi or Yoga but also aaerobic exercises are desirable because they help the body to push out toxins and waste and help to optimize circulation of the blood, energy and nutrients. Try to do your aerobic exercise as long as possible outside so that you will also breathe in large amounts of fresh oxygen And make sure that you are dressed warm enough!
In Chinese Medicine the skin is considered to be the ‘third lung’
The color correspondence of the Metal element is white; the color of clear endings as well as new beginnings! The taste associated with the Metal element is spicy like ginger, horseradish, cloves, mustard and wasabi, or pungent like onions and garlic. People who want to control weight should use spicy flavors more often; they stimulate the digestion and the whole metabolism. The spicy flavor also opens the sinuses and the pores of the skin and can cause sweating to release toxins.
In Chinese Medicine the skin is considered to be the ‘third lung’ because it has the function of breathing through the pores. Try to exfoliate your skin on a regular basis to remove dead cells so that your skin keeps breathing. Take a sauna or a Hammam treatment; when done correctly it is one of the best methods of exfoliation and cleansing. It also makes you breathe, forces you to relax and let go……………..
The Metal Type
The Metal person has a certain elegance and refinement. They are typically very “nice” people with refined manners and a strong regard for other people’s feelings. One Metal type is athletic with a slim, but muscular athletic build. They especially love movement. They are even-tempered, rarely become angry and tend to be objective and dispassionate, sometimes with a lack of empathy. When they do get upset, they seem to know the exact reason for it. They are often witty and charming and easy to forgive for any shortcomings.
Another type of Metal is melancholic, loves solitude and is well-mannered in order to keep people at a distance. They are often thin and somewhat frail and usually have to mind their health with some care and attention. They often have insightful minds and think deeply. They can make a sophisticated case to support their arguments. They are hypersensitive to other people’s feelings and have an almost psychic ability to read what is going on inside other people’s minds. Metal types appreciate beauty and the preciousness of each single moment.
Share this Post