Seriously. A whole season unto itself for the transition from Summer to Fall.
In Chinese Medicine, this is the time of the Spleen (and Stomach), the color yellow, the emotion of empathy or sorrow, the direction of center, and the element of Earth. The aspect of the spirit associated with the Spleen/Earth element is the Yi, which is the mind/intellect. This is a great time to begin or rededicate oneself to a meditation practice to cultivate the calm, clear mind.
The Earth/Spleen Qi is also about boundaries and our sense of self. This makes it a natural time to reflect on how we are doing with maintaining boundaries and concurrently how we are doing with caring for ourselves.
Acupuncture treatments, especially including moxa, are an excellent way to bolster the Spleen Qi and transform Dampness which is prevalent now with all the humidity. The moxa burns through that foggy layer, allowing us to feel more free and clear in our upright Qi….manifesting in healthy boundaries, strong immunity, and self containment/confidence.
Enjoy these precious days of cool fresh mornings, steamy afternoons, and relaxed evenings.
Haiku on Late Summer:
while forest bathing
I sensed a quiet sadness
from whence does it come?
is it of the Earth or my own?
Sally Robinson, L.Ac.