Treasuring the Now of this Fall

Hi!
Autumn is here.  🍁 In Chinese Medicine, Fall is associated with the Metal element, the Lungs and Large Intestine, connection to Spirit, and grief. It is the season of balancing light and dark, as the light fades from the fullness of Summer and we head gently towards the dark of Winter. The quality and timing of the light has shifted, and this affects us profoundly. We can feel the ethereal nature of the Metal energy, influencing our Lung Qi, aligning us with the natural rhythms of letting go, as witnessed in the trees’ letting go of their leaves.  

Often there is a feeling of emptiness as we feel into the impermanence of it all.  This emptiness is natural and can be a source of inspiration.  Our connection to the spiritual realm is most readily available at this time, as the Metal energy provides that clear conduit.  The more we can show up and tune into the Now, the more at peace and in alignment we can be. Savoring moments of stillness and quietude as we behold the beauty surrounding us is a great way to honor this Lung/Metal time of year.  We can readily assimilate that outer beauty and mystery into our inner world, by intentionally harnessing the Lung energy upon inhalation to radiate that heavenly energy into our core. 


 Breathing in inspiration, freshness, clarity as we release through the exhale all that is ready to clear.  


It is simple yet profound. That emptiness serves as a clean slate so that we can receive the heavenly guidance and inspiration. The empty container is open to receive. 

In closing, I have a haiku to offer for this time. 


autumnal light sparked

a remembrance, out of time

dropping into now


In appreciation of this time here and now,

Sincerely,
Sally Robinson, L.Ac.

whitepineacupuncture.com

828-545-2288

Love Summer 2020

In Chinese Medicine, Summer is the season of the Heart ♥️ and Fire 🔥.

With so many layers of complexity, confusion, fear, and disharmony taking the world’s front stage, a’ la Corona virus pandemic, environmental degradation, massive racial injustice, and horrific disregard for animal warfare…….I find one aligning principle to be a unifying must:


LOVE

To that end, this quote by Charles Dickens is the ultimate:

A loving heart is the truest wisdom
Love-in-a-mist
Hollyhock splendor

Holding true to the quest of cultivating and spreading love and peace,

Sally Robinson, L.Ac.

whitepineacupuncture.com

828-545-2288

Pre-Spring

A bit of inspiration

From a great little book loaded with gems, The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura:

A special contribution of Zen to Eastern thought was its recognition of the mundane as of equal importance with the spiritual. It held that in the great relation of things there was no distinction of small and great, an atom possessing equal possibilities with the universe. The seeker for perfection must discover in his own life the reflection of the inner light.

I 💛 Late Summer

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

quite familiar

from whence does it come?

is it of the Earth or my own?

empathic sorrow

Sally Robinson, L.Ac.

828-545-2288

http://www.whitepineacupuncture.com

Summer 💜 Vibrations 2019

Hello, Summer!
Summer time is the season of the Fire 🔥 element, the color red, the emotion of joy, and the bitter flavor.  This is such a natural time to facilitate our hearts opening, as we embrace the longer hours of light.  


May we resonate brightly with the big fire (the sun) igniting the little fire within us (our hearts), feeling and sharing love.

In closing, one of my most treasured summery haikus of Basho’s:


seek on high bare trails

sky-reflecting

violets…

mountain-top jewels


See you soon for some heart nourishing acupuncture❤️


Sincerely,


Sally Robinson, L.Ac.

828-545-2288

whitepineacupuncture.com

Spring Blooms and Voting

Greetings on this fresh spring morning!

Cherry Blossoms


     Cherry blossoms, tulips, and flowering pear and plum trees abound while birds sing their songs of praise…..aaaahh the delights of Spring. 

     Spring is a time of new beginnings, and in Chinese Medicine it is connected with the Wood element, the color green, growth and flexibility, anger (when there is constraint), and the Liver and Gall Bladder.  Spring is a great time to support our body’s innate purification system by nourishing this Wood energy within ourselves.  This is the time where we emerge from the depths of a cold winter, bringing forth our seeds/ our visions.  It’s time to let it grow!

Here is a profound passage about the cherry blossoms….

From Kakuzo Okakura’s Book of Tea,


Some flowers glory in death—certainly the Japanese cherry blossoms do, as they freely surrender themselves to the winds. Anyone who has stood before the fragrant avalanche at Yoshino or Arashiyama must have realized this. For a moment they hover like bejeweled clouds and dance above the crystal streams; then, as they sail away on the laughing waters, they seem to say: “Farewell, O Spring! We are on to Eternity.”

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In praise of the blossoms and appreciation for Spring,

whitepineacupuncture.com

828-545-2288

Fall (for real)

966DAD32-0D32-4CBA-85F5-28571BB646C8Hello to Fall, and farewell to the morning glories! These ones in the window boxes had their time of glory, but at least their replacement is the uniquely fresh cool morning air that only fall brings at this degree of perfection.  Aaahhh.


Chinese Medicine associates fall with the Lungs and Large Intestine, the Metal element, the sky, the clouds, the color white, and the emotion of grief and nostalgia.  Our Lungs are constantly bringing in the new (oxygen) and letting go of the old (carbon dioxide.)  With each breath, we begin anew. This is a natural time to let go, as beautifully demonstrated by the deciduous trees shedding their leaves.  As we let go with each breath, our Lung Qi(energy) discharges, releasing refuse, including emotion.  The more readily we can consciously engage with this process of letting go, the more spaciousness we allow for authentic presence.  In being present, we are engaged with the richness of life through all of its ease and complexity.

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So, come on in! Let’s cultivate some Lung Qi, acclimate to Autumn, boost the immunity, let go of some stuff and make room for fresh fall inspiration!

Haiku for fall……

 

 

a puffy white cloud

rolled on by, depositing

droplets of love lost

 

Sally Robinson, L.Ac.

828-545-2288

whitepineacupuncture.com