Have you noticed that twice a year, a whole bunch of people decide it’s time to “get their shit together?”
Want to know why Autumn is one of those times (January is the other, of course), why that makes complete sense with what's happening in nature, and how you can harness this energy to make positive change in your life?
Of course you do.
In Chinese Medicine, metal is the element associated with Fall, and water is the element associated with Winter. Without the metal/structure that Fall brings, the water of Winter would flow willy-nilly, with no borders. And since water is also associated with fear, we want to take this time of preparation in the Fall seriously so our fear doesn’t overtake us during the long, dark months of winter ahead.
Think about it, when humans lived a lifestyle that was more dependent on the land, winter could be a scary time. Will our resources last through the season? Proper preparation in Fall, including structure and planning (both qualities of metal), helped allay the fears of a time of uncertainty ahead.
Now most of us live in places with grocery stores that remain stocked without interruption through all seasons. We have heat in our homes, food in our bellies, and alarm clocks to wake us no matter what the sun is doing. Gratefully, we need not worry about winter being a season of scarcity, so *technically* Fall doesn't have to be a season of structure and preparation. . .
Except that we are still part of the natural rhythm of things, whether we see it or not. I believe we can experience maximum harmony in our bodies and lives when we consciously tune in to that connection.
What does living in harmony with the natural rhythm of Autumn mean in the modern world? Here are a few ways you can align yourself with metal this season without darning your socks by firelight or building a root cellar behind the barn:
1. Stick to a routine.
Research shows again and again that successful people make schedules and stick to a routine. They start their mornings the same way, sometimes even eating the same thing for breakfast and choosing from a limited number of similar outfits in their closet. They go to the gym the same two mornings per week, and chunk their main work tasks in to blocks of time that are repeatable and predictable. This ensures that when life requires greater creative effort, they have enough left to give.
If routinizing your whole life feels overwhelming, start with a simple, morning ritual - a few minutes each morning when you drink tea, take a few deep breaths, read a book, etc. Something calm and predictable that will set the tone for your whole day. If you want some help creating a dream schedule beyond that, hit me up. This is the kind of fun, nerdy stuff I do with my clients all the time.
2. Move your body.
As the earth turns inward to incubate herself for the colder months, our bodies may be tempted to become dormant as well. You know, eat a bunch of pasta, watch an entire series of the new netflix show in one sitting, etc. (Hypothetically, of course, I wouldn't know anything about this. . .)
But don't do it!
It is more important than ever to keep moving now so you don't sink in to the dreaded winter blues. If you can’t find a fun outdoor activity to enjoy in the cold, could you join a gym? An indoor soccer league? Have a personal dance party in your living room when no one's home?
3. Pay attention to what you put in your mouth, and when.
Summer is naturally a time of lighter, more irregular eating. We pick and nibble at fruit and snackie stuff, munch on the go between social activities, eat out more, or perhaps even eat less food altogether because it's hot.
Our bodies can handle this behavior better in the warmer months, but in Fall and Winter, you may notice your body craving more sustenance. There's no need to deny this craving, just make sure to prepare for it and have foods on hand that keep you full and happy. If you don't, there's a big risk of binging on bowls of macaroni and cheese to pack on the insulation (again, I wouldn't know. . .)
So as you're making your schedule from tip #1, make sure to include time to shop and prepare your food.
4. Clean your closets.
Fall is also a time of letting go of what no longer serves us, which includes clutter. This is a great time to de-clutter the hidden corners of your home. Pare down to the essentials for the slower seasons ahead. No need to be bogged down by excess – you’ll feel it in your sluggish energy.
And while you’re at it, get rid of any old mindsets that are no longer serving you, too!
Want some support making that schedule? Setting your "get-my-shit-together" goals? Eliminating the physical and mental clutter that's been slowing you down? Get your hands on a "Holy Crap I Love My Life Strategy Session" and let's do it together!
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