According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Fall energetic season begins August 7 and ends October 20. Here are 15 ways to harmonize with the current season. They will make you healthier and happier if you do!
In our blog post of July 29, 2016, we said:
“Metal element energy [associated with the Fall season according to Chinese Medicine] is consolidating with inward movement, like a flower closing its petals. Be one with nature. It's okay to close your petals for awhile.”
So how do we “close our petals,” take a little breather from the very active Summer season and get one with nature? Here’s a list of possibilities. Pick and choose what feels right for you!
- Letting the light of fire feed and nurture your aura (the electromagnetic field that hums around your body) by attending a bonfire, building your own little fire pit, and setting up and enjoying the light from a bank of tea light candles in your home (or pillar candles in your fireplace)
- Walking barefoot on the grass or dirt and letting the negative ions recharge and balance your physical body
- Preparing for the Fall growing season whether it’s deciding on what to sow and grow or cleaning up and weeding out the Summer garden
- Hanging a bug house in your garden to attract bees and butterflies
- Practicing letting bugs live and studying the webs that spiders weave
- Foraging for wild edible plants in your backyard or neighborhood (check out this guy–he really knows what he’s talking about!)
- Strolling through your local park when it’s most quiet
- Walking with presence, purpose, consciousness and appreciation for all of life
- Meditating with nature while walking your dog
- Eating produce more rustically and simply such as eating with your hands and tearing lettuce leaves instead of cutting
- Enjoying the sweet and juicy fruits of the season (their days are numbered so don’t miss out!)
- Walking in the rain without worrying about getting wet (okay, an umbrella’s allowed!)
- Taking moonlit evening walks and appreciating the moon’s role in the life of the planet
- Becoming more conscious of everything you consume and making choices that are more viable for the planet
- Learning or practicing Tai Chi, the Five Animal Frolics of Qi Gong or White Crane Kung Fu
"Sometimes we go for a walk in the rain just to go for a walk in the rain. And sometimes we experience an epiphany. All of a sudden, as if out of the blue, it suddenly feels as if we’re one with everything, directly sensing nature—every sound, scent, and fresh crystalline raindrop. Imagine if we could experience that kind of heart opening and rapture permeating our entire life and the lives of everyone around us, in every moment? That’s what inter-meditating with nature can do for us—utterly uniting the inner with the outer while awakening the Buddhaness within."
— Das, Lama Surya. Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation. 1st ed. Louisville, CO: Sounds True, 2015. Print.