As the cooler temperatures roll in, I feel myself wanting to snuggle under blankets, curl up with a good book and a hot cup of somethin’ somethin’. Bittersweet autumn has all has always been a favourite time of year for me: the warming foods, sweaters and cute boots that top my shopping list. But here’s the thing, autumn is also provides us with the greatest opportunity to let go.
Sound a bit woo woo? Bare with me here for a second. You see, according to Chinese Medicine, fall has an affinity to the lungs, which houses the spirit called, “Po”. When we let go by allowing ourselves to grieve and realize that behaviours are no longer serving us, we open ourselves up to new energies that we begin to root for the winter.
So how do we do this? Because we all know, that letting go, is easier said than done.
Identify what you’re holding onto
Simple, right? Problem is, most people have no idea. It’s when I see these people in practice who haven’t shat in a week that they’re perplexed at the question, “what are you holding onto?” When feelings are repressed for a long period of time, the lung will pass this stuck energy onto its partner organ – the large intestine. Here is when we see issues of constipation arise. So the question is again, “what are you holding onto?” If you’re still drawing a blank, ask yourself what you’re sad or angry about or at whom. The answers are there, so dig deep.
How did the situation benefit you or help you serve others as a result?
This is probably one of the hardest questions possible. I’ve had patients of sexual, physical and mental abuse come to see me and I’ve asked all of them this question. You cannot have a one sided-story (meaning its all bad) or you’ll never let it go. Where there is death or trauma, there is rebirth and renewal. Once you’re able to identify this (meaning list about 20 reasons for it), then you’ll be able to free yourself from it completely.
Add pungent, spicy foods to your diet.
The fall will provide us with a great opportunity to let go. So by adding in pungent, spicy foods that are expansive in nature and which has an affinity for the lungs our physical selves are more capable to become expressive. So here is one of my favourite Lung Qi movers that I highly suggest:
Spicy Cacao Chaga Latte
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp chaga powder
Optional: one packet stevia
Add almond milk, cacao powder and chaga into a small pot. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat to medium-low and cover it. Allow it to simmer for 10mins and then strain it into a large cup and add in cayenne.
This wonderful concoction is made with chaga, which is the king of immunity and an incredible ingredient used for cancer for centuries. It is perfect for the fall when we should be looking to build our immunity and combined with raw cacao powder, we’re getting a major antioxidant punch. The added cayenne, a good dose of heat to bring out the old so we can give birth to the new.
In the meantime, letting go isn’t easy. However holding on is toxic and while this might sound completely new agey, I’ve seen how it can manifest into physical ailments time and time again. By letting go, we’ll be able to prep ourselves to root for the winter and feel more vital and sexy right through to spring.
So in the meantime, I want to hear from you: