Is grief making you sick?

Inspiration and letting go. Cleansing is the reason for this season.

waterfallWelcome Fall, Welcome Metal. It’s that time of year when the air crisps and the Qi energies descend back into the earth and downward in our bodies. In accordance with nature, we can observe fall as a time of letting go. The trees let go of their leaves and fruits, the earth cools, the light wanes and we make our way down into our selves toward the big rest of winter.

The organs that are activated in this metal season are the LUNGS and LARGE INTESTINE. They are cleansing organs, responsible for inspiration and letting go. The lungs are connected with your Wei Qi (defensive Qi) and thus when healthy are more able to keep out external pathogenic factors (EPF’s.) The large intestine takes out the trash and when the trash goes out on time the blood stays healthy. When it’s clogged up the trash can reabsorb into the blood stream. Ick! The better these organs are functioning, the more able your system will be to create and maintain health.

How can you be in tune with the season and make the best use of these energies?

lung opening1) Keep your pathways clear. Dryness aggravates the Metal organs. Signs of dryness include a horse cough, irritation in the throat and lungs, and constipation.  Excessive phlegm is often your body’s response to dryness as it attempts to gather moisture. You can moisten/open the lungs with a brisk hike or walk, wet or dry sauna, and some exercise. Since the lung pathway extends from the chest to the thumb and the large intestine pathway from first finger up into the shoulder, any exercise that raises the arms up is particularly helpful.

2) Supplement with food and herbs. Pears are moist and excellent for the lungs (isn’t nature so wonderful?) and of course support excellent function in the large intestine also. Pungent spices like ginger, oregano, thyme, cardamom, cinnamon, rosemary and cayenne help the lungs expel and clear. Marshmallow, mullein and peppermint tea support keeping the lungs MOIST and open, and the large intestine moving and expelling.

3) Use the seasonal energies to cleanse and clear old emotions. The emotion associated with the lungs is grief. Old unprocessed grief is stored in the lungs. The large intestine helps us to let go of everything (mental, emotional, spiritual and physical) that we no longer need. When working well, it clears our bodies of all “old” stuff. This is the season to heal our ability to take in and let go.  If your lungs or large intestine are weak, i.e. they have old business that is preventing them from functioning fully and happily, commit to working on them.  Yes, it may take tears, time, and perhaps some nutritional, herbal or homeopathic support. However, a lot can happen with a little bit of time and clear intention.

How would I know if I have stored grief? 

Do you get frequent colds? Do you have allergies or asthma or a feeling of  tightness in your chest? Excessive phlegm? Are there obvious red or white colorations on your cheeks? These MAY be signs that your body is holding grief. Other signs that you may have unexpressed grief can include: consistent melancholy, difficulty letting go of things, situations or people, getting winded easily, difficulty setting boundaries, being a loner, feeling cut off from spirit, habitually smoking, chest infections, and excessive crying.

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“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” (Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist)

In the process of energetic healing work, intention is 9/10 of the law. Symptoms are often imbalances that are asking for attention. Put your INTENTION on healing that which is calling to you. The earth and your body will find ways to help you heal. The key is to PAY ATTENTION, because once you make an intention, the universe responds by putting things, people and situations into your path that support what you asked for. You can cleanse, connect, and heal. Work with the energies of this season and let them support you.

Coming up! 

Sunday, November 15th – New Renaissance Books Join Charlie on  for a lecture and meditation from 4-5:30 pm. More info here:

Learn about the seasonal, energetic, and emotional aspects of the Five Elements of Chinese Medicine while exploring the elemental associations that can help you create excellent health in your body.  


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