2016 Fall Season - Metal Letter

After a long, hot summer and a very hot late summer season, we are moving into Fall. The Fall season corresponds to the Metal element. There is a sense of relief and a feeling of space that is created by the lessening heat. This mirrors our descent from the yang (hot, active) time of year, into the yin (cold, passive) time of year. 

The Metal element is about respect, acknowledgement and gratitude. How we value ourselves and our things comes from this Metal element in us. Our ability to discern what is valuable in our lives is crucial to our ability to then let go of those things and relationships that no longer serve a useful purpose. If we don't let go of the old, there is no room for inspiration and the new! 

When we go out of balance in our Metal element, we may find that it is difficult to let go of those relationships that are not good for us. On the other hand, we may let go too quickly and cut off a relationship that had potential value. That cutting, dismissive attitude is also a display of Metal out of balance. 

Striving for perfection in ourselves, or expecting perfection from others, is another way in which our Metal element shows up. Expressing harsh judgment of ourselves or of others is a Metal imbalance and can cause suffering in us as well as in those with whom we interact. 

The Metal part of us is connected to that which is bigger than us. Our spirituality lives in the Metal element space. It is about inspiration and awe. The emotion of grief corresponds to the Metal element, as well. There is an appropriate grief response to loss. This shows us the value of that person or thing that we are grieving. However, if we are "stuck" in grief then this indicates an imbalance. 

The organs associated with the Metal element are the Lung and the Large Intestine. The Lung is the most vulnerable of the internal organs because it is directly exposed to the external world and so is susceptible to external pathogens entering the body. Wear a scarf to protect the back of your neck from wind and cold, and you will protect your lungs from external pathogens. 

Dryness is also associated with the Autumn season. Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water and don't forget to moisturize with non-alcoholic moisturizer. 

In nature, the Metal corresponds to the mountains, the rocks and is found in the crystals, minerals and gems of the earth. If you have gazed up at the mountains or looked into the sparkling beauty of a gemstone and felt that intake of breath, then you were feeling that from your Metal space. 

Be present to the moment and take a breath. Appreciate the beauty of the season and the beauty of you during this Fall season! I appreciate each of you and I am in awe of the grace with which you walk your own path through this life. Thank you for allowing me to join you on this part of our journeys. 

With much love and gratitude, 

Nina

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