Seasonal Cycles • The Gifts of Autumn
Artemesia Acupuncture & Wellness
AUTUMN 2011 • Lexington KY
- Kathleen Fluhart RN, MA.Ac., Dipl.Ac., L.Ac.
Late Summer is all about harvest, including what we have harvested in our personal lives. We should be able to savor the sweetness of life and be thankful for what we have received and accomplished.
In Autumn, we can reflect on our accomplishments. It is a time to look back over the year and see what has worked and what has not worked. We can ask ourselves what we want to continue and what we need to change. It is a time of inspiration and respect. The key phrase for Autumn could be “to discover what matters most and to live it.”
Suggestions for Honoring the Autumn Season
- Like the deciduous trees, practice letting go. Ask yourself what possessions you have that you no longer need and gently let them go. Find them another home where they can be useful to someone else.
- Prune back your activities as we head toward the quiet of Winter. Stop doing what no longer nourishes the soul. Create some empty space in which, in time, something new can grow.
- Breathe deeply, taking in the pure chi from Heaven. Try this exercise: Breathe in as deeply as you can, then try to pull in a little more air and hold it. Hold it until the lungs involuntarily release the breath and let all the air out. Then push even more air out. Repeat this exercise three times. Notice how it feels to be full and then how it feels to be empty. This joy is always available. It is a gift of Autumn, the element that rules the lungs!
- Each evening reflect on at least one wonderful thing in your life today. It may be watching a falling leaf, a kindness, or the sound of a bird. Write a few words about one of these experiences to deepen your awareness and gratitude.
- We all have habitual perceptions, fears, moods and memories that do not serve us. When one visits, smile at it and let it go on its way. You can let it be exactly as it is without letting it take you over. It can “sit on the sidelines.”
Give us a call…now is the perfect time for a Seasonal Treatment!
Suggestions adapted from Jane Grissmer, The Gift of Autumn: Discovering What Matters Most, in “Meridians,” Vol. 8, Number 4, Autumn 2001
Change is in the air…
A bright Autumn moon…
In the shadow of
An insect chirping
Buson in Japanese Haiku (Peter Pauper Press, Mount Vernon, NY, 1956)