It is officially fall again! As we transition from the great, fiery energy of summer into the quiet, inward pull of winter, we find ourselves in this pivotal season. Yang energies shift into yin, the leaves turn, the light shifts, and we all start to make more soup.
This is the time for late harvest, hot tea, and warm foods. In Chinese Medicine, Autumn is the season of the metal/stone/mineral element. This element is associated with clarity (think of the crystal in crystal clear), boundaries, and release (how better to clarify your boundaries then to let go of all the extraneous baggage that we might be carrying?).
Fall is also associated with the lungs and large intestine. Like the falling leaves and acorns on the trees, or like the inhale/exhale of our breath, we must let go of what is no longer serving us. We can recycle and re-use this energy, letting it become food for the new seedlings in our life that will gestate through the yin of winter and start to come to life with the yang energies of spring.