Fall has arrived here in our mountains. This the time of harvest, acorns and apples ripening and falling to the Earth. Abundance and gratitude are ours to embrace as we feel the seasonal shift guiding us towards the quiet, still time of Winter.
In Chinese Medicine, the fall is associated with the Metal element, Lungs and Large Intestine, the color white, the spicy taste, and emotionally grief and letting go. We see the great oaks letting go of their acorns, the fruit trees’ branches getting heavy with fruits before they drop, and the deciduous trees loosening their grip on their leaves. We can draw inspiration from the natural world to also in turn stand firm and exhale, letting go of the old to make room for the new.
Poetry and interview to share:
Usually I share some of my own poetry, but I have recently been very inspired by the works of Pablo Neruda. I have selected a couple of small pieces and quotes here that exude the sentiment of Autumn, specifically nostalgia:
“You know how this is: if I look at the crystal moon, at the red branch of the slow autumn at my window, if I touch near the fire the implalpable ash or the wrinkled body of the log, everything carries me to you, as if everything that exists, aromas, light, metals, were little boats that sail toward those isles of yours that wait for me.”
” Who writes your name in letters of smoke among the stars of the south? Oh let me remember you as you were before you existed.”
As you are aware, I am a big supporter of integration of Eastern and Western medicines. I met with a colleague of mine recently, Dr. Grace Evins. She wrote an article about our discussion, and I have posted the link here below. Check it out!
Enjoy the autumnal beauty.
Sally Robinson, L.Ac.