Falling into Fall 2017

We are (finally!) falling into Fall.  The cool, crisp mornings and bright blue autumnal skies and brilliant hues of yellow, orange, and red leaves make us just want to, “aaahhh.”

Breathing in the new freshness and exhaling the old is what our Lungs do all the time.  And this season of Autumn is when the Lung Qi really shines! This is the season of Metal, Lungs and Large Intestine, the color white, the emotion grief, and the spicy flavor.  The Metal energy is about letting go of what’s no longer serving us.  Equally paramount to the letting go process is receiving inspiration  and fostering a spiritual connection, bringing richness to our existence.

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Have you ever smelled a moonflower?

The heavenly white moonflower blossom offers tremendous inspiration with its enchanting fragrance and night blooming delicate petals!  Its name alone invokes the heavens, the abode of the moon.  The celestial realm is the domain of Metal.  The skies of stars, planets, and the Milky Way reflect brilliance and invite wonder as we contemplate infinite space, and therefore infinite possibilities.

In keeping with tradition, I’ve composed a haiku intending to portray the sentiment of the season and possibly bring a bit of inspiration….

 

clouds of nostalgia

part to release stars shining

on a chest of hope

 

It is with love that I wish for you a lovely, rich Autumn.  I hope it is a time of letting go and deeply nourishing yourself, most specifically your Spirit as the elemental energies are aligned to naturally encourage the release of grief and loss.  The more we can surrender to this movement of emotion, the more open we can be to inspiration and devotion.

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Sunflower Seed Spiral! and these nutritious seeds nourish Lung Qi!

With love and inspiration,

Sally Robinson, L.Ac.

White Pine Acupuncture

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What’s qi?

by Mary Beth Huwe, L.Ac.

Qi (“chee”) is a way of understanding the body’s interconnectedness. Like electricity, qi is not a substance but rather a dynamic exchange between positive and negative states called yin and yang. It is essential to anything that lives and grows. It is the force that means we are alive. All living things have qi – birds, dogs, plants, fish.

Because humans are conscious, we have a more complex expression of qi than, say, marigolds, and this is not always to our advantage. This more complex expression gets tripped up and pathological in more ways and in more places. When this happens, an acupuncture needle can restore the proper flow of qi in the body and move out obstructions.

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This essay first appeared on The Lantern Project. It appears here with permission.