Autumn is a season for balancing light and dark, letting go, and accepting the impermanence of things. Autumn is a time of change and often feels bittersweet. We are blessed with the harvest of fresh fruits, root crops and storage vegetables but the days have grown short. We journey inward, into ourselves and into our homes. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) autumn is a the time of year when the yang energy and warmth of the sun wanes, and the yin energy becomes prominent; Autumn is time to slow down, prepare for winter, strengthening our immune, digestive and respiratory systems.
- Wear a scarf. Fall is a season associated with the wind. A simple thing like wearing a scarf can ward off cold which in TCM is said to enter most easily at the neck.
- Breathe Deeply. When we breathe deeply with intention we flood our cells with oxygen with positive affects on energy level, immune system, and memory.
- Nourish the body and support he immune system by warming up your food. Ease up on cooling meals and transition to roasted vegetables and slow cooked soups and stews.
- As nature slows down preparing to rest it is good for us to do the same. Go to bed a little earlier and give yourself some extra attention and self-love.