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The Beginning of Fall

By: David Harmon, EAMP, LAc

I know, I know. Nobody wants to hear that Summer is coming to a close, that routines and school are about to start, that fruit will soon finish ripening and leave us hungry for more. And yet on August 7th, we started our descent into Fall. What do I mean by that? In Western culture, we often associate the Autumnal Equinox with the beginning of Fall. Yet according to one traditional Chinese calendar, the very beginning, the seed of Fall, starts much earlier.

You may have noticed the change of weather around the second week of August. The days, though warm, have started to cool off earlier. The mornings are overcast and grey again. It's a suitable background for the season associated with grief and letting go.

"Fall is strongly connected
with the Lungs"


On one level this is sad, and I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news. But on another, keeping track of the changing season helps us stay healthy. Besides grief, Fall is strongly connected with the Lungs. While it's still not too dry, the weather will begin to dry, which affects the Lungs most strongly. One way to counteract this is to stay hydrated by eating soup and eating poached pears. As the wind picks up, it's also important to take care not to expose our necks and the backs of our heads to the wind, as this can contribute to catching colds. At the same time, it's important not to add too many layers of clothes at the first cooling of the weather. Our bodies do best if we let them cool off from the Summer heat and at same time become accustomed to the cooler weather ahead.

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While the end of Summer is hard for us here in the Pacific Northwest, by embracing the change into Fall, we can see the beauty of turning inward and letting go of what's not essential---and of course, stay healthy while doing so.