Now it is a good time to strengthen yourself. The summer time is over and the daily action should getting less. But in our modern time it is not as easy to follow the daoist wisdom. We have to follow the rhythm of the modern society for everything we got a timetable. Around our business or job we got only a little influence on our daily flow. The question is what we can do and how?, to follow the nature rhythm of the seasons.
First of all we have to understand the action of each season. By daoist philosophy the human body is the microcosmos and outside is the macrocosmos. We are always in exchange and the macrocosmos is like an energy resource for us if we following its nature. If we not following it means we using our potential and our Qi (vital energy) and get soon exhausted. The meaning of exhausted here is our immune system getting weak, we catch easily colds or other illnesses, we are not on our peak performance what ever we do. Fighting the flow of the nature is one of the Qi stealer beside wrong diet. To follow the nature you must understand the nature first.
Now is autumn time and what is the action of it. If understand it its is easy to follow. First a list what you can see by yourself without any education.
- sap is retire (falling leaves)
- getting colder and rainy
- shorter brightness
The action for you:
- wearing correct clothes
- earlier to bed (around 1h)
- still standing up early
- drinking from now on more warm drinks
- go for a autumn walk
What you can´t see but what the sensitive ancient daoist master figure out by their meditation and energy work (Qi Gong).
- time of metal phase, structure/ hardness (Five phases cycle)
- main time of lung / large intestine (most energy)
- Emotion> sorrow (autumn blues)
The action for you:
- peaceful thoughts (against the hardness)
- keep soul and mind together (breath/ lung stays calm)
- don´t follow your desires to keep the lung pure
- Qi Gong for Lung and Large Intestine
The one who do not follow the autumn laws will harm the lung system. He will get problems in digestion and will get diarrhea. He will not have enough power to keep the vital energy together in winter time.
Huang Di Naijing Suwen / Classics of the Yellow Emporer
Yes, the winter is the time to retreat.This is living with the nature in daoist way. But not only in the daoist philosophy the western people had done the same. To cold outside on the fields nothing to do. Staying home and preparing the working tools for the coming spring when the field work will start again.
Time to have rest to talk and exchange more as usual with family members and reading books as well go earlier to bed. This is like it should be in winter time. Today the most people make no different between the seasons because no need they thinking. Working as much sleeping same hours like usual. They gonna miss a period of energy charging who is needed for body, energy (Qi) and mind. One reason for the spring tiredness. The human did not get the needed rest in winter. Drinking tea, reading book with a candle light many dreaming of it but the most do not bring in to action. I hope you are not one of these people and wish a recreative winter time. Stay relaxed and happy….
Still autumn and it is good to understand what is the best action according to the nature flow of energy. Just back from Moscow where I was conducting following workshop:“The ancient wisdom of Taoists about living with the nature“.The seasonal module autumn and winter“. The attendees where very pleased about the deep knowledge of the ancient taoists philosophy. Actually all their wisdom and knowledge is from observation and very important by own experience from their daily practice. The daoist practice has quite a wide range depending which daoist school the students were following. It can be Chi Kung/ Qi Gong and or different ways of meditation and diet. In comparison to scientists who starting with a postulate and later they try to confirm it by tests and formulas. Ok now let say the daoist master was getting very sensitive because of his practice. He was writing down his experienced knowledge and thousands of practitioner later where confirming it or adjusting it according to their. Thousands of years experiencing and adjusting of taoists masters was making a very deep profound insight.
- Autumn is related to metal
- Metal quality is structure> action – reorganize
- Taste > spicy > action eat more of it
- Emotion > sorrow > action more laughing
- Organ > Lung > action breathing exercises or Lung Qi Gong
If we look at that not complete list we can see about some of these experienced facts, actions and directions. Following the information of this list means eat more spicy food to strengthen the lung. More laughing as a counterpart of the emotion sorrow not to get the so called autumn depression. Do some breathing exercises in the nature and special Qi Gong for the lungs. According to the metal quality of structure you should reorganize and clean and release. What to reorganize ? Your desk for example or your computer; delay what you should have done already long time ago. Even for your wardrobe it is a good time to reorganize, donate your clothes you didn´t wear long time. To do all this in autumn time creates a good energy for you, means is good for your health and vitality only by following the nature.
If we want look deeper at the energy aspect of autumn we just have to observe how the nature is doing at that season. The three month of autumn also called time of collection and adjustment. The Qi of heaven is pressure and the Qi of earth is gorgeous. Autumn is the time of crop.
The Chinese character of autumn shows: growing grain and fire
The meaning is under the summer heat the grains are mature and after crop the Chinese were burning the left stubble field.
Following advices are written in Su Wen a part of Huang Di Neijing the „Yellow emperor´s classics of medicine“:
- Go early sleep and stand up early, you should follow the cock action
- Gather the mind and calm down the Qi to balance the bear of autumn
- leave your will in peace and in calmness
This is the right action you should take in accord to autumn for storing and collecting your Qi.
More collection of autumn wisdom is coming soon…