the metaphysical terms of Taoism, Autumn is the time
of coming to fruition, of completion, of dying and grieving. It
is harvest time which precedes the demise of the productive period
going into the time of hibernation before rebirth in the Spring.
It is the time in nature when the leaves fall from the trees,
the sap begins to move inwards in plants as they prepare for the
long cold winter months ahead.
Similarly with us, Autumn is the time when
we should be harvesting the results of seeds planted in Spring
time. Whether these be in the form of fruit from plants or the
coming to fruition of some project, Autumn is the classic time
of harvesting, reaping and gathering in of abundance.
THIS ISSUE OF ART OF LIFE;
GRIEF: The Emotion of Autumn
Allow the feeling... it's only human
- Metal Element & Autumn
- Spicy is the Autumn's flavour
- "Spicy Stewed Pear" Recipe
- Lungs & Large Intestine
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GRIEF IS THE EMOTION OF AUTUMN :...
us in the southern hemisphere, the grief of so many unnecessary deaths
due to war and terrorism, is another opportunity to grieve with the Universe.
living creatures choose this time to depart from the physical constrains
of body and earth. It so happened that our old ginger cat, Mr Gin,
chose to leave his body behind on April 1st. This gave us an opportunity
to express grief ~ in line with Chinese medicine's belief that grief
is the emotion aligned with Autumn. Since that time I have heard
of two other individuals who chose to depart at this time and thus
provide an opportunity for their loved one's to release their grief,
in harmony with the universe.
remember one of my teachers, Dr Donald Pachuta, telling this story of
a patient who came in telling of a heavy feeling of grief and sadness.
It was Autumn [or Fall as he said] and Dr Pachuta's comment was, "Welcome
to the human race! It's Fall, that's what you are supposed to feel!"
Dr Pachuta is a Western-trained medical doctor who knows about Chinese
medicine and Taoist spirituality, and rather than prescribe anti-depressants
he encouraged this person to allow this feeling to be. He said they
should try to observe it and perhaps write it down or draw it out if
they found the emotion too strong.
This is very much the Chinese way. Be aware of
each season's emotional expression so that you are aware of why you
may be feeling certain feelings. When energy moves and seasons change,
we feel this in our beings, often though we don't know why we feel certain
things. Now this doesn't mean that we should feel sad all Autumn. Not
at all. It simply means that we may be more prone to such feelings during
this time for no other obvious reason. Grieving with the Universe.
...: METAL ELEMENT & AUTUMN :...
Taoist metaphysics Autumn is the season aligned with the Metal
Element in the Five Element [Five Phase] theory. This is the same as
Air Element in Indian Five Element theory. The Chinese character translated
as Metal is actually "gold". So I believe this to be the Element
which provides us with precious elements from the Earth for our health
and survival. The first and most obvious is air.
LUNGS ARE MOST ALIGNED WITH AUTUMN :...
What are the organs
you first think of with air? Lungs of course! Lungs are the Yin organs
most connected to the season of Autumn. This means that your lungs are
the organs most likely to experience dis-ease during this season. In
order to help your lungs survive Autumn there a few things you can do
to keep your lungs strong.
DRYNESS IS THE CLIMATE OF AUTUMN :...
is hot; Winter is cold; Late Summer is wet; Autumn is dry; Spring is
windy. This is the nature of life. While it is possible to experience
all climates in any season, it is generally considered that the abovementioned
conditions are accurate, varying only in intensity according to location.
Knowing that, you are then prepared to deal with any extremes that may
For example, if you smoke then the dryness of
Autumn is likely to more readily affect you because smoking already
dries the lungs. Similarly, working in air conditioning or having a
history of bronchial problems will tend to predispose you to lung dryness
during Autumn or Winter - even if you have a lot of congestion! Sometimes
mucous is the body's way of trying to provide the moisture needed in
HOW TO KEEP YOUR LUNGS FROM DRYING :...
heated environments, keep a bowl of water out so that it evaporates
into the air you are breathing in; burning Eucalyptus oil also soothes
Eat pears! Especially Nashi and Ya pears, as they
are particularly juicy when ripe.
While studying in Shanghai in Autumn 1982 , I developed a hacking, dry
cough. My doctor/teacher gave me acupuncture and told me to eat 6 pears
a day to replenish my lung's Yin energy [moisture]!
Walnuts and almonds are also good lung foods,
particularly if cooked with pears.
...: SPICY IS THE FLAVOUR OF AUTUMN :...
and pungent foods benefit the lungs. Ginger, garlic [can be too hot
for some], pepper as well as many curry spices. In Chinese restaurants
"hot and sour soup" is good for lungs, airways and stomach.
Chilli is not considered a lung tonic, it is more of a medicine to be
used when strong sweating and stimulation are required. Too much sweating
is believed to weaken the heart.
AUTUMN FRUIT RECIPE ~ SPICY STEWED PEARS :...
Pears [Sweet William are good] - either sliced up or cored
and kept whole;
Fresh ginger root - cut several thin slices [depends
on how strong you like it]
4 Cinnamon sticks - break slightly;
Handful of walnuts or pecans - chopped
Water for cooking...
all ingredients into a saucepan and slowly bring to simmering. Stir
thoroughly to mix the spices through. If you put more water and more
fruit you will also get some juice to drink, which is great warm. You
can add a touch of honey if you like it sweet.
...: LUNGS & LARGE INTESTINE CONNECTION :...
Large Intestine is the Yang partner of the Lungs. They work together
for our benefit ~ one taking in the breathe of life; the other releasing
and letting go the absolute waste of the maintenance of the body.
Holding on and letting go is the emotional function
of this aspect of energy anatomy. The ability to let things come and
let things go in life, without holding on to what is no longer. It is
the energy within us that helps us to do that. When we can't let go
or won't let go that's when we are more prone to develop serious diseases.
Being able to let go releases so much energy that
your vitality can increase and your feelings soar. We can expend too
much of our valuable LifeForceEnergy feeding old things in our lilves.
Autumn is the ideal time of year to let go of
old stuff you no longer need. Whether this be in physical form such
as possessions, or in emotional form, the ability to simply let go can
feel like sudden freedom! Like flying free! Let it go, whatever it is
you are holding on to. Just let it go. Imagine you are holding a balloon.
Put all the feelings you have around holding on to this thing into the
balloon. Now, let the balloon go. Watch it float away taking with it
all your worries, fears, angers, old hurts and pains. Floating away
from you. Feel your heart open and love pours out surrounding you and
fills the space left by the clearing. Feel yourself ligher, freer than
you've been since childhood. Taking a deep breath, feel your lungs filling
from bottom to top. Imagine your are breathing in White Light. White
is the colour of balance and healing for your lungs. Breathe out and
let go, let everything go with your out breath.
You can use this visualisation meditation whenever
you have trouble letting go of something. Finish off with three deep
breaths to bring you back to your body.
White, silver and grey are all colours of balance and healing for both
Lungs and Large Intestine. Make use of them during this season by wearing
these colours, or eating white foods, or visualising White Light surrounding,
permeating and healing your Lungs and Large Intestine.
AUTUMN DETOX :...
a detox is another way to let go. Let go of all the rubbish in your
Spring and Autumn are both ideal times to detox. Since the Large Intestine
is aligned with Autumn, this is the ideal system to cleanse at this
time. How to do this? There are a number of good ways but the way I
most favour is using a herbal-fibre rich supplement that you drink.
It works to slowly sweep through the bowels, breaking down any congested
waste that often otherwise gets stuck and putrefies. These pockets of
old waste need to be cleansed thoroughly.
Colonic irrigations and enemas are other ways
you can do this. I have done both and personally favour the fibre mix
even though it doesn't taste too great. Interestingly, it is a little
spicy therefore has an affinity with the Autumn organs of lungs and
If you wish to try this herbal mix send $55 with your address to: Tao
Way of Life, P.O. Box 588, Terrigal NSW 2260; and we will send
you a container of Herbal FibreBlend which is around 1 month's supply.
Or contact me to find out how you can buy it direct wholesale since
it is not available in stores.
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SALLY'S SCHEDULE :...
At the beginning of Autumn I moved into new premises in Lane Cove. My
address there is now:
Pilates First, 1st Floor, 2 Austin Street, Lane Cove 2066
ph: 9420 2877. I am in Lane Cove Mondays only.
Beyond the Garden Gates [www.beyondthegardengates.com.au]
- My usual days are Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Premises on Central Coast:
Fountain Plaza, Erina
From early May I will be consulting and teaching various of my courses
from a new Day Spa, called Sea Spa, situated at Fountain
I will be available for consultations Wednesday & Thursday afternoons
Official opening date is 8 May 2003, 6.30pm ~ please
if you would like to attend the Opening Introduction and Celebration.
WORKSHOPS + CLASSES :...
Body Conditioning Part I - rejuvenation exercises:
Exercises that simultaneously strengthen and regulate the energy system
and Chakras as well as the physical body.
Cost: $65 1st course [4 weeks] $50 per month thereafter.
Time: Thursdays 9.45-11 am
Regulation Part I - Learn "The Deer QiGong Exercise"
used by ancient female Taoist tantric adepts to maintain their hormonal
balance, increase sexual energy, prevent conception and rejuvenate their
The regular practise of this exercise greatly improves a woman's hormonal
balance premenstrually as well as during the menopause, helping to prevent
many of the disorders women experience due to hormonal imbalance.
Next workshop Friday 23rd May 9.45am-1.00 pm.
Course: The Vitality, Longevity and Rejuvenation
Learn some Oriental secrets to defy ageing while improving your health,
wellbeing and peace of mind. This program consists of 5 modules:
1) Hormones, Chakras and Ageing
2) The Importance of Detoxing and Diet
3) Body Conditioning Exercises ~ Part I and II
4) Natural Hormone Regulation Exercises ~ Part I and II
5) Tantra ~ The Art Of Blissful Union
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