Letting go, turning inward and self-reflection mark the time of the Metal element within the cycle of the 5 Elements. As trees let go of their leaves, we are reminded of the bare essentials hidden beneath our exterior. The Metal element fosters our ability to sort out what we have gathered in body and mind, and let go of what is no longer serving us.
The Metal Element balances the Wood Element.
Fall (Metal) balances the growth and expansion of Spring (Wood). In the Metal element, we learn the value of inward attention and reflection that balances our external expressions and worldly ambitions.
The Lungs and the Large Intestine are the Organs associated with the Metal Element.
Placing our attention on our breath connects us immediately to our inner experience. The Large Intestine transports and excretes what is unused from what we gather into our digestive system. Receiving and letting go are reflected in breath and digestion.
Harmonizing with the Element associated with the current season supports our mind-body-spirit balance all year round. Fall is a great time to begin a meditation practice, go on a personal retreat, or even clean out those cluttered closets, cabinets and computer files. Allow yourself to be like the trees, letting go of what is no longer essential, while turning inward and preparing for the stillness of winter.
Late September marks the official beginning of Fall in the Northern hemisphere. Notice your environment, the plants, the people and the animals. You can watch for the changes of the seasons and Elements in the same way that the ancients observed them, in order to know themselves more deeply.