This post comes from our contributor FP Naomi.
Summer is a season governed by the energies of yang. At its end, we experience a gradual progression from fieriness to the cold of winter, yin. The time period known as autumn is marked by that transition from yang to yin. Here is a little rundown of what to expect as we experience its effects.
Reaping the Benefits of Yang
In summer you will have been compelled to begin projects backed by the energy of yang. Now that the season is coming to a close, it’s a good time to finish projects and enjoy the fruits of our efforts. Harvest the last edibles from the garden, for example. Enjoy the strength those end of summer vegetables give you. You’ll need to build energy for the scarcer winter months ahead in which you’ll be like a seed, storing energy to blossom when the spring once again arrives.
As yin moves in and fall progresses, the days get shorter and the world a bit darker. A chill of wind moves through and dries out the earth, our bodies, and the air. Tree’s shed their leaves, and nature gets ready for a small sleep. We have to be especially careful of this wind when it comes to our bodies. Skin, lungs, and hair all stand to get a bit dried out from it. To maintain the moisture, you can wash your hair a bit less and lotion your skin more often. For scratchy lungs, eat pungent foods whose energy will help to open them up and allow in healing oxygen.
Becoming More Introspective
Don’t be surprised if as the season progresses you tend to get a bit more reflective and wrapped up in your own thoughts. Yin energy is representative of inward and downward motions, making you move more into yourself. Prepare for this onset, make your home into a comfortable space, pick up a sketchbook, and stock up on books you’ve wanted to read. Allow time and space for your thoughts to mature.
A Perfect Balance
Lastly, enjoy this time of year when both yin and yang are present. You will still have some energy and enthusiasm left over from summer, but will also feel refreshed as yin moves in. In the beginning, it will remove the excess heat in your body left over from summer, giving you a perfect temperature to work with. The world around you is more balanced, and it takes less effort to feel balanced yourself. You’re naturally teeter-tottering from one to the other with little thought as to what you need to stay centered. It’s a time of year for change, thought, and all around happiness.
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