Rebecca Rose, LMThas been licensed and practicing Bodywork
in the state of Nebraska since 1997,
offering instruction for individuals or groups in
Qi Gong, Massage at Home, Professional Ethics, and Balance and Flexibility. Rebecca also offers compassionate house-sitting, specializing in households with pets and plants.
Autumn Sharpen your Scythe, it is Autumn, season of Metal.
The Metal element is associated with ores and salts of the earth, literally metals and the tools made of them. It is also associated with the mind, and qualities like refined thought, communication, and technology. Metal represents the qualities of Air from 4 element systems: it is associated with breath and speech, refinement, intellectual and visionary pursuits, ideas and dreams, the future. The paradox of metal's physical density and ethereal qualities is thematic of the complexity of this element.
Late Summer has given us abundance; now we preserve what we can, and discard what is no longer useful. While there is plenty of physical work to be done before Winter Rest, it's more important than ever to work smart, think ahead, and use discernment. Consolidate, rather than expand. Dryness is the climatic condition of Autumn. The plants dry, collecting the life into seeds, branches, or roots that will survive the winter; other parts wither and fall.
The Metal element is active in the Lung and Large Intestine systems; the body fluid of this element is mucus. Usually associated with the nose and sinuses, mucus is also secreted throughout the alimentary canal, and other places in the body that need a protective coating. Colds and sinus infections can be brought on or made worse by the dry conditions of Autumn. Because Lung and Large Intestine systems are paired, a healthy diet with adequate fiber (and/or a seasonal cleanse) can prevent or shorten respiratory ailments. A scarf protects the Large Intestine meridian at the neck where it is most vulnerable to outside stress, so listen to your mum and get out your wraps.
Grief and worry are the emotions of metal. Dealing with repressed feelings or overcoming procrastination is the energetic analogy of the high-fiber diet. Process any mental/emotional waste that is weighing you down. Letting Go is a skill to work with for Autumn, and Gratitude is it's twin. It is painful to recognize objects or habits that are holding us back, and Letting Go is an emotional part of the process of change. Throwing things away and discarding destructive behaviors brings up uncomfortable questions. If we don't need it now, why did it seem so important before? Honor the need the things filled, and appreciate their service; then confidently put them away from you. Make the room you need for the newer you. Letting Go involves trust, faith that change will be ok. Count your blessings, and experience Gratitude as you go about your work. It makes the Letting Go easier.
Over the course of Autumn, rituals of Death and Decay give way to rituals of Thanks, a spiritual refinement. The Scythe is a fitting symbol at both Halloween and Thanksgiving, a sharp and shiny metal tool. Use this seasonal energy to refine yourself also. Assess your diet, exercise routine, and spiritual/intellectual development. Plan your adjustments for wintertime, and prepare for the future.
As the yellows and oranges of Late Summer give way to the shiny white frost of Autumn, curate your treasures, discard your trash, and let the balance of nature guide you to a restful Winter.
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Qi Gong(or Chi Kung) is an exercise used to maintain and improve health. By aligning breath, movement, and awareness, practitioners optimize energy flow in the body. Qi (or Chi), means vital energy, life force, or breath. Combined with Gong (or Kung), meaning work, achievement, mastery, Qi Gong describes the cultivation of vital energy through physical and mental effort. read more about Qi Gong