According to Eastern Medical Traditions, Autumn is associated with the Metal Element. The Metal Element is characterized by expansion, contraction, and transformation on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.
What does this mean to you? The lungs and large intestine are the sister meridians that relate to the metal element. The expansion and contraction of the lungs and large intestine sustain the life of the body. The lungs receive and expel air with each breath. The large intestine is said to leave us "pure and brilliant" as it allows the body to release unwanted waste and toxins.
Together, the lungs and large intestine cleanse the body of unwanted matter. The unwanted physical matter is released by the large intestine, then, with each breath, unwanted emotional matters can be consciously released with each exchange of oxygen.
Another thing about this season is that it is the end of the cycle of life. In the fall, the leaves fall off of the trees, the harvest is taken, and the year ends. Although people don't always connect to it, feelings of sadness, grief, depression, nostalgia may surface during this season.
This is the season to take a look at the things in your life that no longer serve you. Treat it as if you are raking leaves. Get rid of the dead leaves and clear the lawn for the spring grass. Let go. Clean out your closet and eliminate unwanted waste like the large intestine does.
Breathe, exercise, get outside, drink water, do whatever you can to focus on the cleansing of these two organs. Let go of the things that are like dead leaves. There is no reason to keep them.
Foods that will nourish the lungs and large intestine are onions, garlic, chive, turnip, ginger, radish, dark leafy greens, broccoli, carrots, and sweet potatoes. Flax and sesame seeds with moisturize and cleanse the large intestine.
Don't think of this season as the gateway to the winter, think of it as the cleansing that will winterize your body in preparation for new life in the spring!
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