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Southern Hemisphere Autumn: Embracing the Harvest and Preparing for Yin


The leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter, and a crispness fills the air. For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, it's the tail end of autumn – a beautiful season but also a time of transition in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory.


TCM views autumn through the lens of the Metal element, associated with the Lungs and Large Intestine. It's a season of letting go like leaves detach from trees. But it's also a time to gather the harvest and prepare for winter's quieter, more reflective energy.


Here's how to embrace the last weeks of Southern Hemisphere autumn:


Sharpen Your Focus: The Metal element is linked to clear thinking and organisation. Take advantage of this energy to finish projects, declutter your space, and set goals for the coming winter.


Nourishing Foods are Key: Autumn is a great time to focus on lung health. Include white and yellow vegetables and fruits like pears, onions, and cauliflower. These are said to nourish the Lungs and support the immune system.


Spicy with Caution: While spices like ginger can be beneficial in winter, TCM suggests using them sparingly in autumn. They can have a drying effect, which might not be ideal for the lungs.


Breathe Deeply: The Lungs are the organs of breath, so focus on taking slow, deep breaths throughout the day. Practice simple breathing exercises or spend time in nature to clear your lungs and mind.


Start Winding Down: As winter approaches, the natural energy shifts towards yin, a time of rest and inward reflection. Ease off strenuous exercise and prioritise activities that promote relaxation and calmness.


Gratitude is Golden: Autumn is a season of harvest. Take time to appreciate all the good things in your life, big or small. Gratitude is a powerful way to cultivate inner peace and positive energy.


Remember, the last weeks of autumn are a bridge between the active energy of summer and the introspective nature of winter. Use this time to gather, organise, and prepare for the coming season. By aligning with the natural rhythms of TCM, you can ensure a smooth transition and set yourself up for a healthy and peaceful winter.




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