Seasonal Wisdom: Autumn
As the leaves start to fall and the air crispens late summer turns into fall. It is the season of letting go of what no longer serves us and honing in on what we value most. A new horizon is beginning to be visible through the trees and we are able to see more clearly into the distance. In this season we can work on transforming grief into acceptance, disappointment into recognition of value and perfectionism into acknowledgment of “what is”. Take some time over the next couple of months to work on the following practices as a way to embrace the healing energy of the season.
Seek inspiration from the natural world
Take at least twenty minutes a day to step outside, breathe some fresh air and appreciate the beauty of the season. Utilize this time to step outside what may be the mundane and repetitive nature of your work and appreciate a site, sound or color that inspires you.
Declutter to find peace
Sometimes the metal element becomes imbalanced in oneself. This can lead to an accumulation of material things to satisfy a need or fill in an emotional hole. Take time during the weekend to declutter a room and let go of items that don’t bring you joy. Think about donating clothes that no longer fit to those in need. Creating more space in our homes can foster a feeling of peace and serenity.
Can you go through a day without any regrets or complaints? Explore what kind of weight is lifted by focusing on the positives and transforming uncomfortable situations into opportunities to learn or grow from. If you are overcome with a feeling of regret remind yourself that often, whatever decision was made in the past, was chosen based on the best possible information and intentions that were available at the time.
Adapted from Power of the Five Elements: The Chinese Medicine Path to Healthy Aging and Stress Resistance by Charles A. Moss, MD.