Fall and Metal Element


In Chinese Medicine, the season of Fall corresponds to the Metal element. The energy shifts from yang to yin, from expansion to contraction, so it's helpful to have structure and organization at this time. This applies externally and also internally. As the leaves fall from the trees, we are reminded of how beautiful it can be to let things go. Your breath is a balance of inhale and exhale, the exhalation is a necessary release so you can be filled again. At this time it's important to clear out and let go of what is no longer needed.

One of my favorite quotes is by the martial artist Bruce Lee: "It's not the daily increase but daily decrease, hack away at the unessential. The closer to the source, the less wastage there is." I find that when there is stress, confusion, and overwhelm, it's often because there is excess that is cluttering the mind and daily life. The practice of decluttering and simplifying allows for fresh qi to flow, and brings more clarity for choices and decisions. When you are aligned with the essentials, you can connect with your purpose and experience greater ease.

The Lung and Large intestine meridians are prone to imbalances in the Fall. Common symptoms that I see clients coming in with are respiratory conditions, allergies, sinus congestion, sore throat, cough, chest tightness, cold/flu symptoms, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, sadness, grief, depression, stress, mental fog, confusion, feeling aimless, control issues, and difficulty letting go.

Here are ways to balance the Metal element during the Fall season:

  1. Declutter and simplify. Go through your home, especially the closets and storage areas. Notice what hasn't been used in over a year, what items are not needed anymore, and where the energy feels stagnant. Clean, clear away, discard, or donate what is excess.

  2. Get organized and establish a routine. Plan your time and calendar to accommodate for changes in work and family schedules. It may be helpful to have regular routines and preparation around meals, sleep, exercise, and self-care so that you feel fundamentally supported.

  3. Check your alignment. Re-assess what your priorities are, and whether your activities and resources are aligned with that. Reflect on who you are now, and see how you can better align with your true self and with your intentions for how you want to evolve.

  4. Let it go. Have discernment around what has value and what doesn't serve you anymore. Consider what you need to let go of from the past in order to move into the future. This could be releasing old thoughts and feelings, stories of guilt and shame, cultural conditioning of disempowerment, energetic ties to past relationships, and misguided habits.

  5. Allow yourself to feel grief and sadness. Be sure to process your emotions, don't brush over or bury your feelings. Give thanks for the lessons learned. Release judgements. Forgive yourself and others. Have the courage to be with the emptiness and space created.

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