Falling into Autumn, 2016

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.

img_0543In 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.


Making apple cider!


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!

Improve Your Health With Local Herbs

Enjoy the autumnal beauty.


Sally Robinson, L.Ac.




Late Summer, 2016 by Sally Robinson, L.Ac.

imageimageimageFirst of all, I LOVE that Late Summer is its own season.  We know this to be true as we experience August quite differently than we do June.  Chinese Medicine is rooted in the interplay and continual unfolding of the five seasons and the five elements.

Late Summer is now ….. the time in which we have been made so aware of a change that is soon coming.  We see it in the way the morning light comes in a little differently, the angle, time and quality of it have all shifted.  And yet we are still in the ease, heat, and humidity of long, hot summery days.  It is mostly at the beginning and end of these days that we sense something is different.  The morning light has changed, and there is that cherished freshness that the misty mornings bring.  The evenings bring a new coolness and quiet that cast our minds into what’s coming next…..the invitation of fall.


Chinese Medicine associates Late Summer with the Spleen and Stomach, the Earth element, the color yellow, the sweet taste, the emotion of worry/contemplation/compassion, and the direction is that of the center.


The center- this is what I’d like to emphasize.  The Spleen energy/Earth element is the still point between activities and seasons.  It is the energy that supports us through transition.  Late Summer is that fulcrum between Summer and Fall.  Within us, that coincides with our sense of center in our body.  Traditionally that is thought to be in the abdomen, the middle, the area between the navel and the chest.  This sense of center is further extrapolated into us as human beings, standing on the Earth reaching up toward the Heavens.  We are the mediary.  This carries a lot of significance in Chinese Medicine, as humanity is much revered for being this go between between Heaven and Earth.  Humanity has long been associated with benevolence. To be aware of an innate sense of goodness and kindness infusing each of us and all of humanity brings us into a peaceful state.


I believe that much of what we intentionally do, whether that be prayer, meditation, yoga, or exercise is to get us more in touch with our sense of center within ourselves.  We can visualize a warm, bright, yellow orb lighting up our Stomach area.  This is the place we are connecting to and operating from as we live from an integrated place of center.  Calm and clear, still as we honor the sacred pause.  Essentially is Late Summer not a sacred pause?


haiku for Late Summer:

here I am, coming

home. peaceful and still, golden

light beckons my heart.


Parting tidbit:

And in closing, our wonderful massage therapist, Tara Nichols, is running a special right now.

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See you soon.  Enjoy the pause.



The Heart of Summer 2016

Hello, Summer!

Chinese Medicine correlates Summer with the Heart, joyousness, abundant light, the color red, and the bitter flavor.  So, shall we align our hearts and intentions with the ease and openness that Summer so readily supports? I say, yes! As the long hours of light infuse the days and evenings with vitality, we can invite that light to saturate our beings, encouraging our hearts to feel open and expansive.


With all the extra light and increased temperatures, we also experience more heat.  Summer is the most Yang time of year, as demonstrated by the extended daylight.  We are naturally encouraged and supported to do more and be more active.  As Yin and Yang perpetually balance one another, we also must make a bit of an effort to bring in some cooling Yin energy, essentially clearing some Heat.  Through diet, we can bring in the cool, bitter energetics with WATERMELON!!! It’s pretty great when the medicinal foods taste AMAZING! Watermelon clears heat and toxins, hydrates us, and the red color aligns with the Heart…..clearing heat, so that the Heart and therefore the mind can feel happy and calm.


To cultivate some stillness (Yin) among all the activity (Yang), I have a meditation technique to share.  It is from Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk and poet.  This meditation involves a flower, which is particularly relevant to the heart opening energy of Summer.  From Thich Nhat Hanh:

A flower represents our freshness.  We all have the ability to look at things with fresh eyes and see them as if seeing them for the first time.  If we have lost our freshness, all we have to do is practice breathing in and out to restore it.  You too are a flower. You have your flowerness.  We become light and joyous every time we restore our flowerness.

Flower meditation:


Breathing in, I see myself as a flower.

Breathing out, I feel fresh.

Flower, fresh.


We hope you are beginning a wonderful Summer, honoring your very own Heart of Summer.

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