This is the season of letting go of what you do not need, and receiving what you need
Autumn in Traditional Chinese Medicine is the season of letting go of what you do not need, and receiving what you need. This season is associated with the Metal element and the color white. The organs associated with the Metal element are the lungs and the large intestine. Exhale, letting go of carbon dioxide and toxins that you do not need. Naturally fresh breath then enters. Naturally the large intestine (colon) takes the nutrients that we need from our food and passes on what we do not need through the bowels. On occasion, we need help for these systems to function optimally, however for the most part, the organ systems function effortlessly.
We say in Chinese medicine “the lungs are the skin”. Outbreaks on the skin is the most expedient way for the body to send out impurities. We also see an extension an inch or two beyond the skin which we call “wei qi”. Wei qi, a name for immune system protects us from becoming ill from toxins, bacteria and viruses around us.
There is a maxim in Vedantic (yoga) philosophy “if you control the breath you control the mind”. Breathing out is a simple yet powerful tool to clear the mind. Franci Prowse once said to me “you can let go of all thoughts in one breath”. Speaking of breathing and letting go, Autumn is a brilliant time of year to let go of smoking. Nature supports the release and the lungs. Clean the closets and cabinets. Clear up resentments. I find that a daily practice using a yoga posture, breathing (agni prana mala) and intention is needed to keep resentments clear. Experimenting with inhaling and exhaling through the mouth can encourage the clearing.
Harvest your garden. Turn it over, bringing in oxygen. Make space for what is coming.
Lakshmi Lambert L.Ac.Dipl.Ac.Dipl.C.H.D.Hom
Lakshmi Lambert L.Ac.Dipl.Ac.Dipl.C.H.D.Hom. Holistic Physician, Leader of Dances of Universal Peace, Performance Artist.
Lakshmi Lambert is a master herbalist, licensed acupuncturist, certified body/mind integrator, acupressure therapist, educator, and counselor, offering personalized health care for people of all ages.
Lakshmi says: “I have been in human services all my life, from waitressing to teaching children. In the 1980’s I worked as a Dance Movement Therapist and Psychodramatist, individual & group therapist for Ulster County Mental Health. I began studying the Wise Woman Tradition of Western Herbal Medicine with Susan S. Weed in upstate New York. Coming to California in 1984, I graduated from the Bodymind Institute in 1986 as a certified Bodymind Integrator and certified Postural Integrator. I studied Acupressure at the Ryoho Institute and was hired on as staff. I graduated Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1989. I began studying Homeopathy in 1987, which is a continuing source of study. I graduated Los Angeles School of Homeopathy with is Diplomat of Homeopathy in 2010.”
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