As we journey from autumn into winter, the natural world whispers an invitation to lighten our load. Much like the trees gracefully shedding their leaves, we too are encouraged to release what no longer serves us. Old patterns, outdated beliefs, and stories that may have been based on misconceptions—these are the leaves of our past, now ready to fall. Autumn gifts us the opportunity to offer them an honorable ending and make space for fresh beginnings.
A season connected to the Metal element of the 5-Element Theory (think minerals, rocks, and gems), autumn invites us to conserve energy by simplifying our lives. Energetically related to the lungs and large intestine, it reminds us to breathe deeply and embrace life as it is while eliminating what no longer nourishes us.
After all, we are not our attachments, grievances, or protective patterns. When we release and let go, we come to appreciate who we really are. Picture a metal pruning knife delicately removing small branches, leaves, or stems from a plant. In the same way, our letting go shapes and refines our healthy growth. Go ahead and cry it out, flush it down the toilet, breathe it out, and dust it off! You’re supporting a timeless alchemical process that reveals the luminous, crystal-clear, and loving presence that you are at your core.
Practice Suggestion: Consider spending a few moments each day to simply be present with your breath. Notice the rise and fall, the ebb and flow. As you would watch autumn leaves drift gently to the ground, witness each breath as it moves. Change can be as natural as drawing in the next inhale. As you exhale, notice the release. This mindful breathing also reduces stress, improves focus, and promotes overall well-being.
Want support for your journey of autumnal release and self-appreciation? Join me in this month's Immune and Lymph Booster: Acupressure Workshop, Intro to Family Constellation: Free Workshop, or private a one-on-one session. Additionally, you'll find a range of acupressure webinars to reinforce your autumnal self-care routines, such as the Respiratory Release and the Chest Release, at the Wellness Hub.
May you release and come to appreciate the precious gem that you are,
Acupressure, Family Constellations, Nervous System Regulation, and Shamanic Healing
I am an acupressurist, educator, and practitioner of complementary medicine. My background in literature, teaching, and Yoga Nidra informs my wellness practice. My approach is personalized and holistic, tailored to each individual's unique needs and goals.