We’re moving into the fall season.
The Fall Equinox takes place on September 23, 2015 at 4:21am EDT (1:21am PDT). As the days are getting shorter, we begin to look inward. Since the equinox is occurring during the solar and lunar eclipses, it is a powerful portal to review and revitalize your life.
The Metal Element.
From Chinese medicine, the element Metal is associated with the Fall season. The withering of plants and the withdrawl of the life force that we experience in fall is the exact opposite of the expansive energy of spring. This is a time of introspection, and a review of the harvest from intentions set in the spring.
Organs Associated with Metal.
The organs in the body associated with the element metal are the lungs and large intestine. The basic function of Metal can be seen as receiving and releasing energy.
The lungs receive life energy through the air that we breathe.
The lungs is considered the Yin organ of Metal. It is our ability to receive the life energy of heaven. The concentration and control of the breath as a meditation or yoga technique helps us to balance the flow of energy within the body.
Mindful breathing techniques help us diffuse stressful situations and worry, learning to manage emotions. Click here to practice a simple mindful breathing technique. Although breathing is controlled by the autonomic nervous system, it can be consciously controlled. The awareness of controlling the breath is an important step to people becoming conscious of the unconscious processes of the organs. The lungs fulfill one of the most vital functions of the body – receiving new oxygen, necessary for proper bodily function, and the release of carbon dioxide and other toxins.
The large intestine’s function.
The large intestine is responsible for the elimination of energy. The complementary relationship between receiving and letting go are the basis of mental and physical health. If the ability to receive is poorly developed, there is a sense of feeling cut off, and the ability to let go is not developed. The system becomes stagnant. The large intestine is responsible for letting go of mental waste and obsolete mind patterns so we are able to grasp new ideas and innovative thought processes.
Imbalances in the Lungs Meridian.
On a physical level, imbalances within the lung meridian can be seen in respiratory issues such as asthma, chronic sinus infections, allergies, lung cancer, skin disorders, and other issues related to the chest, lungs, throat, and nose. On an emotional level, imbalances in the lung meridian can be seen as an inability to bond to the environment, and feelings of isolation from one’s surroundings.
Emotions associated with the Lung Meridian.
Sadness, grief, and worry are associated with the lungs. These emotions are a natural part of life. Yet when there is an inability fully feel and release them, stagnation occurs in the lungs. The sadness and grief may be more than just losing a loved one. Grieving the loss of a job or in a job where there is no passion, expectations of where you “should be” now, holding onto pessimistic attitudes, and a sense of hopelessness all influence the ability to breathe in life. There may also be a sadness for things that have not happened yet, or when we realize that we have not taken advantage of opportunities.
Balancing the Metal Element.
During the time of the equinox, think about imbalances within your system. Take time for introspection to review your intentions set with in the Spring and ask yourself the following questions:
Where can I concentrate more?
What emotions and beliefs am I still holding onto?
Where am I sad or grieving my life?
When was the last time I cried?
Do I have a sense of what is important in my life?
Is my behavior sometimes cold?
Do I frequently turn down and reject other people?
Tools to balance the Lung Meridian.
Breathing exercises – used during meditation, yoga or mindful breathing
Journaling – to help you identify outdated thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. Journaling is a simple an effective tool. It helps you see patterns and formalize thoughts, making it easier to release them.
For the lungs:
Using essential oils such as peppermint, geranium, frankincense, or melissa helps with the heaviness of the change of seasons. Bergamot, geranium, ylang ylang, jasmine, and sandalwood help restore faith and belief in the process of life. For seasonal allergies and congestion use oils such as eucalyptus, melaleuca, rosemary, or peppermint by inhaling or placing over the chest.
For the large intestine:
Using essential oils such as basil, marjoram, and roman chamomile support the relief of constipation. To calm the discomfort of diarrhea use oils such as black pepper, cypress, clove, ginger, geranium, eucalyptus, and peppermint over the lower abdomen or the large intestine acupressure points towards the heal on the bottoms of the feet.
Be mindful of whatever you’re still holding onto.
It’s important to learn to let go without giving up.