Let Go and Prosper
Earth Element. Indian Summer. Colors of golds, burnt oranges, and browns. Rich soil. Pottery, tile, ceramics. Baskets and containers. Long flat surfaces in squares and rectangles. Late afternoon. Grounding and Stability. These are some of the attributes of the Earth element in Feng Shui.
Metal Element. Autumn. Colors of white, pastels, metallic. Rocks, including granite, marble, slate. Crystals and gemstones. Metallic objects. Anything circular in shape. Early evening. Strength and Independence. These are some of the attributes of the Metal element in Feng Shui.
We are cycling from the Earth Element into the Metal Element. Can you feel the difference? Everything is beginning to change around us – the temperatures are getting cooler, summer gardens are now dormant, replaced with hardier, fall crops; trees are dropping leaves, days are getting shorter, soup season is upon us.
The Metal Element is about contraction and letting go. Think of how metal contracts after it has been heated to liquid and left to harden once more. The organs associated with this element are the Lungs and Large Intestine, which are also about contraction and letting go. As the days and nights become cooler, our body’s energy begins to contract as well. This is a time to be especially kind to our immune system as we are more apt to encounter allergens and an influx of viruses and bacteria.
Living in harmony with the changing seasons can help our bodies ease into this transition. Here are some ideas to embrace this time of year:
- Add lightly spicy foods in your diet to help to counteract any over contraction that occurs. Spicy foods help with expansion and can resolve colds and flus that afflict us during fall.
- Wear a scarf, especially on windy days. In Chinese medicine the wind is known as the ‘carrier of one hundred and one evils’ and invades the body through what are called the ‘wind’ points which are located on the neck and shoulders.
- Drink more water to combat the dehydration.
- Set aside time for “spring cleaning” as the Metal Element is also about organization – take time to clear out the clutter, complete unfinished projects, and organize for the winter months ahead.
- Let go of an old habit that no longer serves you to allow the space to receive something new and fun in its place.
The Metal Element reminds us that flexibility and adaptability are crucial for staying healthy and balanced during the months ahead. Are you ready embrace this change?
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