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I have an art degree from Rhode Island school of Design. My visual arts background has expanded into the healing and transformational arts. I am a life/spiritual coach and wellness consultant. I have walked the shaman's path. I practice and teach Eastern and Energy Medicine, Shiatsu, Massage and Yoga. It is my experience that the power of touch and movement can access ones heart, soul, inner truth, unique expression and creativity which is a vehicle to living a joyful and fulfilling life. My blog will include my poetry, photographs, art, insights, experiences and suggestions for living a life that you love! If you are new to this site, please review my older submissions as well as the new ones for they all contain information and concepts that I wish to share and keep alive.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Flow Smoothly With The Change In Seasons

 The energy of nature is a powerful force and as human beings we are part of natures ever changing cycles. This is apparent as the seasons transform one into the other. With each passage of seasons we grow one year older and hopefully wiser. The expansive yang energy of both the spring and summer seasons this year was hot, sunny and wonderful and now it is time to transition into the shorter, cooler, yin days of autumn. According to Eastern Medicine we are still in the transition time referred to as dojo season. This represents the last 14 to 21 days of one season transitioning into the first 14 to 21 days of another. This is a time of energetic vulnerability so it is wise to take extra care as your body adjusts to the changing energy of nature.

The change of the seasons has a direct effect on our moods, vitality and health. This fact has been studied and recorded in Eastern Medicine for thousands of years. It is evident in many forms of healing such as the sacred circle and medicine wheel of many native cultures that work with and follow the cycles of the earth. In the past before the onset of modern conveniences we flowed with the seasons more smoothly. Today we often keep up the same pace all year round and totally disregard the wisdom of our changing environment. This can cause stress and disharmony within the body/mind. As you develop an awareness of your interconnection with nature you have an opportunity to create smooth flow in your life.

Autumn is connected to the Metal element in Chinese 5 element theory. This is the theory connected to the ebb and flow of nature within the body that Asian healing techniques such as Shiatsu, Qi-gong and Acupuncture are based. The metal element consists of the energy of the lung and large Intestine. In the lung the energy of heaven (air) joins with the energy of Earth (nutrition) forming energy that is vital to human life. We cannot live with out breath. The lung governs the relationship between the inside and outside of the body and mentally and emotionally represents setting limits and protecting boundaries. The large intestine is the sister to the lung and is in charge of elimination of what is not needed, whether this be physical waste and toxins or letting go of a mindset or emotion which does not serve your higher good.

Fall Harvest at Rosasharn Farm CSA

The energy of autumn is the energy of harvest and completion. It is the time of year when you can sit back and reap the rewards of any effort that was put out in the previous more expansive seasons of spring and summer. Energy starts its yearly journey inward as it sinks into the roots of plants and trees and the leaves begin to fall.

Metal energy is connected to the realm of instinct causing birds to migrate and animals to stock up and build warm nests in preparation for winter or hibernation. It is time to eliminate what is not needed in life. To do a fall cleaning and let go of anything that weighs you down. It is the best time of year to do a body cleanse, as nature will assist you in this process. Harvest, and gather up those things, which are important to you. Complete projects so you can sit back and relax as winter approaches. This is the season to spend quiet, quality time with family and friends. To start eating soups and stews made out of those root vegetables that have been harvested. To get more hours of sleep as the days shorten. If we flow with nature in the fall, the transition to winter, which is the season of restoration, will go much more smoothly.

For many the autumn season brings a sense of loss as the light begins to fade and the air chills. Acknowledge this and take time to nurture yourself. If you overextend yourself in this season it can lead to fatigue and depression in winter. Spiritually it is a time to surrender the human ego to the source and to let go of unhealthy attachments. The inward, yin direction of fall energy promotes intuition. Learn to trust this energy and allow yourself to take the time to follow it. This is the time to slow down and take a deep breath of fresh, crisp autumn air and enjoy!

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