The Season Of Letting Go

Its just now starting to feel like Fall even though the season technically changed back at the end of September.  Pumpkins, Halloween, leaves changing color, football, butternut squash soup… and scarily, Christmas decorations.  Maybe even more frightening is that its getting dark earlier.

Chinese medicine is heavily based in the seasons and upon observing nature.  The theme of this time of the year, Autumn, is “letting go”.  The trees let go of their leaves, plants die and the nature moves into a period of rest (winter).  Its an essential time of year because the new growth of spring is dependent on the dead leaves which fertilize their growth.  The soil needs to rest in order to bring forth food again next year.  The same is true for people.  We need to sleep tonight in order to have a functional day tomorrow.  This is a continuous cycle on many levels.

Using the natural flow of this season, now is a great time to let go of something you’ve been holding on to for too long.  Maybe a grudge, clutter in your home or a bad habit.  Releasing that which no longer serves you leaves space for something new which does serve.  If there is baggage holding you back, it makes it difficult to reach out for the things you want.  There is value in emptiness.  The value of a cup is in its ability to hold something. A full cup cannot hold anything else. Empty the cup of the old and used in order to have a place to put the new and useful.

Another way to look at this is to think of a diamond mine.  There is more useless material in a diamond mine than the actual diamonds. Emptying the rocks, dirt and dust from the mine reveals the diamonds left behind.  Get to the nugget of what is useful and clear out the rest.  Rocks, dirt and dust obscure the valuable diamonds, illustrating how holding on to garbage obscures the valuable treasure inside it.  If you have clutter in your home, its hard to see the family pictures.  If you are thinking about the long list of things you have to do today, how can you put your full attention on the task at hand?  If you eat a bunch of snacks at 4:30 you will spoil your dinner at 6:00.  It’s true, less is more.

Getting back to grudges, observe where they show up in your body.  It may sound strange, but emotional states have corresponding physical sensations.  For me, grudges show up as a pulling sensation in my stomach.  If I’m really upset I get indigestion and have trouble sleeping.  In order to preserve my health and quality of life, I work on finding a way to let it go.  And this is a continuous process for me because I get fired up about a lot of stuff (one reason I avoid watching the news and politics!).  Taking action in a constructive way is helpful.  For example, stating the facts of the situation to the person and my feelings about it, writing a letter, and talking constructively to a friend about the situation.  Regular acupuncture, exercise and spending time with my dog helps too.

Meaghan Massella, M.Ac, L.Ac is a licensed acupuncturist in Edgewater.  Edgewater Acupuncture is her mission to provide affordable acupuncture to the people of Anne Arundel county.  The clinic works on a sliding scale fee of $15-$35 for treatment, no questions asked.

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