Happy Fall Equinox!
September 22 marks the official 2021 Autumnal equinox for the Northern Hemisphere. Although the equinox heralds Spring in the Southern Hemisphere, the phenomenon happens at the same exact moment in every location around the world.
At 3:20 PM EST on September 22, both poles will be of equal distance from the sun, creating perfect balance between the lengths of night and day. No matter how chaotic, Nature takes the time twice a year to rebalance itself. The exact moment of both the Fall and Spring equinoxes represents Universal harmony. If we can connect to that wisdom—that moment—anything is possible.
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 innate wisdom. Trees naturally let go of their leaves at this time of year to conserve energy for 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 Strengthen your Lung and Large Intestine Function:
Tip #1: PRACTICE The body never lies! An energetic imbalance may show on the body as skin issues, allergies, constipation, coughing, colds or asthma. 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, resulting in dry, cracked skin and constipation. Be sure to eat local, in-season foods and those that energetically support this organ pair, namely honey, almonds, radish and pears. Spicy or pungent foods will also lend their support. Click here to try some of our delicious, healing recipes.
Tip #3 LET IT GO Is your closet packed to the brim with things you no longer need? Take some time to let go of what no longer lifts your spirit. While you’re in the midst of your clean-up, become aware of the emotions you constantly hold. Begin to release grudges, worries and fears. Soften your smile and train yourself to search for the good in every situation.
Tonight, September 22 at 7:00 PM EST: Join Grand Master Lu as he leads us in a guided meditation that taps into the transformative essence of the Autumn equinox, a powerful example of energetic balance. Click here to receive a link to the meditation and a reminder email.
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