P1030765adjcompressedHAPPY FALL EQUINOX! September 23 marks the official 2019 Autumn equinox for the Northern Hemisphere. Today, a perfect balance exists between the lengths of night and day, yin and yang. The equinox is a great time to think about your own balance—work/play, rest/activity, family/self.

The equinox also heralds the beginning of the cooler season. This is a time of turning inward and starting to conserve energy for the coming colder months.

Traditional Chinese medicine’s Five Element Consciousness Framework associates the energetic vibration of Autumn with that of our Lung and Large Intestine. This organ pair expands to “take in” and contracts to “let go” of what we don’t need. Energetically, this duo mimics Nature’s ability to let go in Fall. The trees naturally drop their leaves at this time of year to conserve energy during the winter months. Likewise, getting rid of what weighs you down—both physically and emotionally—is a healthy way to begin your transition into the cooler weather.

Tips to help you strengthen your Lung and Large Intestine function.

Tip #1: PRACTICE. An imbalance may present itself physically with skin issues, allergies, constipation, coughing, colds or asthma problems. Step up your Qigong practice during the Equinox and throughout the fall season. This video will guide you through our most powerful movement, The Dragon Stands Between Heaven and Earth.

Tip #2: EAT HEALING FOODS. The Lung and Large Intestine often suffer from being too dry. Eat these foods to support this organ pair: pears, roasted almonds, honey, chickpeas, white sesame seeds, celery and mint. Find delicious recipes like Baked Pears or Crunchy Chickpeas on the recipe section of our site. You can also try a simple and tasty herbal tea called Magical Ginger, specially designed to boost your immune system and prevent colds during this time.

Tip #3 LET IT GO. Is your closet packed to the brim with stuff you no longer need? Take some time to let go of what no longer brings you happiness. While you’re in the midst of your fall clean-up, become aware of the emotions you constantly hold onto. Begin to release grudges, worries and negative thoughts. Soften your smile and train yourself to search for the good in every situation.

Nature, TCM

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