The transition into a new season is an opportunity for us to realign with our body's natural rhythm.
In both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines, humans are seen as a microcosm of the macrocosm. That's to say that the human body is a projection of the world around us. When we fall out of sync with our environment, we fall out of sync with our natural state of health, and essentially we drift out of balance. Each season is linked with a different element, organ pair, and emotion. Fall is associated with the metal element, the lungs and large intestine, and grief.
Transitioning from summer to fall can be a particularly stark transition. We've spent months in a state of high energy, enduring long days, high temperatures, and less sleep, and now we are beginning to move inward.
In order to get to that place where we can rebuild our energy and find introspection, we must look at the things, patterns, situations, and feelings we've acquired over the past year or longer that may no longer be serving us and let them go. Think of the trees that line the streets in the fall. The leaves change color, dry out, and eventually drop off. If they didn't, the tree would not be able to continue growing. It's a cycle that shows the impermanence of things, and it's one that we as humans must go through as well.
Here are some ways to sync up with the season and get in touch with yourself this fall: