Embracing Autumn: A Seasonal Reset for Your Body and Soul
1) why is it great to live according to the seasons
2) Lee Acupuncture offering once again community acupuncture sessions to bring on the Fall Season!
As the radiant full Yang energy of summer gradually wanes, the crisp autumn air brings a gentle reminder to attune ourselves to the rhythms of the changing seasons. The vibrant energy of Hanalei summers transitions into the more introspective energy of fall, beckoning us to slow down, perhaps adding an extra hour to our sleep, and to sync with the season of the lungs and large intestines. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, these organs resonate with the energetics of dryness and wind.
Living in harmony with the seasons isn't just poetic; it's a holistic approach to health. Autumn, especially in Hanalei, prompts us to embrace the profound healing opportunities presented when the qi gates open. This is a time to dive deep into introspection, addressing feelings of residual sadness, loss, or melancholy. As the leaves fall, we too can meditate on what no longer serves us, allowing space for new growth.
Autumn's bounty offers foods that nourish our bodies during this transition. Root vegetables, squashes, and dark leafy greens are especially beneficial. Cooking methods like roasting or stewing not only warm our bodies but also nourish our souls. From an Ayurvedic perspective, herbs like ashwagandha, licorice, and ginseng can be especially helpful in combatting dryness and adapting to temperature changes.
As many enter flu season, it's also vital to bolster our immune systems. A simple Fire Cider Tonic can be a game-changer: mix apple cider vinegar with chopped garlic, ginger, turmeric, and a touch of honey. Let it steep for a few weeks, and you've got a potent immune-boosting elixir.
As the season shifts, so can our self-care routines. I invite all my cherished patients to join us for Community Acupuncture sessions.
This season, let's journey inward together, nurturing our bodies and spirits in harmony with the gentle embrace of autumn. 🍂
Linda Ming Lee, MSOM, L.Ac.