I can feel it. It’s autumn – that time of the year where I start digging my heels in. The days are getting shorter and cooler, my energy levels aren’t quite as effervescent, and like a stubborn child who refuses to go to bed when they’re tired, I refuse to stop behaving like it isn’t summer.
I make grand statements like autumn doesn’t technically start until the Autumn Equinox when day and night are equal. (I hope you can come to my workshop Saturday 21 March!) Although that sense of technical thinking goes out the window during springtime when I declare 1 September as the first day of spring.
But I like to think that it’s inconsistencies like these that simply add to my charm. Kind of like how autumnal is one of my favorite words, yet the American way of referring to this season as ‘Fall’, actually makes so much more sense from a Chinese Medicine perspective. It’s time to let go. To shed. Trees don’t hold on to their leaves in case they need them again in Spring. They know that they will sprout new ones when the time is right. It’s a great analogy for the ideas brimming in my head. I don’t need to know everything right now, nor do I need to hold on to things for fear that I may need these concepts further down the track.
And in a few weeks when Sydney Australia changes it’s clocks to daylight savings time, all my first world problems will come to a head when it will become nearly impossible to connect to my clients and buddies in the US and UK at a decent time. Sigh. It is however also the time when the lung and small intestine work together as a team, one taking in the pure, and the other eliminating waste.
If these organs failed to do their jobs, imagine what might result – we might experience physical ailments of the lung and colon such as bronchitis, shortness of breath, cough, allergies, nasal congestion, emphysema, colds, sore throat, constipation, diarrhea, spastic colon, and abdominal pain.
But what happens to our mind and spirit if waste keeps building up and we are unable to release toxins? How are we likely to feel? Instead of tranquility and inspiration, spontaneity and freshness, we feel depression and stubbornness – resulting in an inability to ‘let go’. If we seek at site, respect, validation, and recognition from the outside, it’s often because we feel the lack of worth from the inside and remain unfulfilled even when we do acquire these things.
When we find it difficult to ‘let go’, there is usually an imbalance in both our solar plexus chakra and heart chakra. Our self worth is not defined by our status, achievements or possessions. It’s defined by our ability to feel at peace within ourselves. The summer time period for getting out there has passed. As nature moves into a period of rest, we too must be cautious not to overexert our energy.