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Autumn – Cleaning out, letting go, breathing deeply! ??

This is the season of harvest and of gathering in on all levels; a time to store up fuel, food, warm clothing; a time to study and plan for the approaching stillness of winter. Leaves are letting go, and fruits fall, seeds dry out, the sap of trees goes into its roots, the earth’s grasses turn lighter and drier and lose their deep green colour. Nature will now be making everything bare after the grand final display of Autumn. Energy is turning inwards to nurture and protect through the winter months. It is a time to let go, both in nature and within ourselves; trees do not stubbornly hold onto leaves, yet many of us defy this natural letting go and hold on to old negativity. This season supports our letting go of waste, the old and stale within our lives. We are now getting ready to receive the new and fresh things to come. Many of us find it is a great time to have a clear out at home, and many find it is a time to eliminate what we no longer need. In Chinese medicine Autumn is the season of the element Metal and grief is the emotion of this element. Everyone experiences loss, separation and letting go in their lives. If the energy of Metal is blocked, or the energy of the organs associated with Metal (Lung and Large Intestine) are not strong we may experience repressed grief, congested lungs, slow digestion; we may hoard unnecessary…

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Meditation is an ancient practice found in many parts of the world. Some of the oldest texts relating to meditation come from India and China. The Upanishads, a collection of sacred Indian texts were compiled in the first millenium BC and there are clear teachings on psychology, states of consciousness and meditation practices. Many of these ideas and practices have reached us in the Western world through the spread and rise in popularity of Yoga.

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