|Say Hello to Fall
And Goodbye to that which no longer serves you....
|Vol. 1, Issue 2
|Is it just me, or does Fall bring with it a rush of nostalgia and a
sense of grief? A stir of emotions and tears along with the falling and
stirring of the leaves? Every year I feel that; I walk outside and
suddenly it smells like Fall. And that smell triggers so many memories,
so many feelings. And this year I felt that rush of nostalgia more
strongly than ever.
a few weeks ago I started getting rid of things, things I'd kept for
years and had not used. Things with more memories and more feelings
attached to them. It felt so invigorating and liberating to get rid of
this stuff. I felt lighter! But I also found myself crying a lot.
was "wrong" with me. In fact, all that crying
couldn't have been more right. Those tears came from a mixture of
emotions: grief and frustration, but also joy and gratitude. All that
material cleansing led to an emotional cleansing. And that is
precisely what I wanted. I wanted to let go. I wanted to grieve. I
needed to make room, to create space. For what? For something new. For
simply being. For being present.
any of you felt this need to release yourself from the past? Have any
of you felt bogged down with too much stuff, whether materially,
emotionally, or physically? Have any of you been feeling emotional and
weepy for no apparent reason?
If so, do something about it! Get rid of things. Breathe deep. Cleanse. Cry.
also be gentle with yourself. Take your time. And take comfort in
knowing you're not the only one going through this and that these
feelings and actions are in line with the season.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Fall is the season associated with
grief, the season of the Metal Element which corresponds to the
Lungs and Large Intestine, the sense of smell, spicy flavor, attachments, boundaries, and the color (or lack thereof) white. Fall is a time to breathe deep. Fall is a
time to cry. This is the season for turning inward to identify that
which no longer serves us and then letting go, whether letting go means
tears, dancing, moving, saying goodbye, or cleaning out your closets, filing cabinets, and storage rooms.
is a great time to start a deep breathing practice. It's also the
perfect time for a colon cleanse.The benefits of nutritional
cleansing are plentiful, and include increased energy, clearer skin, feeling lighter, and a clearer mind. If you want help with cleansing, call
me for a free preliminary nutrition consultation! Using a TCM Five Element Theory approach, we'll determine what type of nutrition and lifestyle changes would be best for you, whether it's a colon cleanse, liver cleanse, parasite purge, or none of the above.
if you want help with cleaning out your house and getting organized, I
suggest you read the article I referenced last month: Laura Lavigne's
"A Ton of Stuff". To sum up her tips, if you don't use it and it
doesn't bring you joy, toss it!
your space will help clear your mind. A clear mind is always
important, but Fall specifically asks us to clear our minds to make
room for inspirational ideas and in preparation for
winter hibernation. So clear your space, clear your mind, listen to
your gut (that Large Intestine of yours), be gentle with yourself, and
cry if you need to cry. It's healthy. Sadness and tears are part of
living in the balance; expressing your emotions is crucial to elemental
Rebecca Gould, LMP, CHHP
p.s. Sageing Elders?! Hmmm....
Last month, I received the following email in response to September's newsletter:
"Rebecca, would love to hear about your Sageing class."
had to laugh. An Anacortes colleague, Joe Arellano, LMP, had pointed
out a typo where I mentioned taking an "elders-sage" class. It was
funny because Joe may have been the only one who knew what I was
referring to in the first place, since he too had taken this class. So
now I must explain. Elderssage is not about sageing or smudging our
elders. Elderssage is a form of massage specifically for elderly
clients. So if you're an elder, or know an elder, who wants to be
massaged (not saged!), call me or Joe Arellano for more information or
to schedule an appointment.
Oh, and hot off the press, I just
now got another email from Joe. Apparently there actually is something
called Sageing that is part of the conscious aging movement, and the
books "Age-ing to Sage-ing" by Rabbi Zalman and Ram Dass's "Still Here"
are good resources. Thanks, Joe!
Mark Your Calendars.....
Attention Arizonans, Texans, Floridians, & Californians:
I'll be making my way through
your neck of the woods in November and December, attending some Sheng Zhen Qigong workshops. If you'd like to schedule an appointment, call
me for specific dates and cities.
Holidays: Gift certificates are available! Save $10 per gift certificate when you purchase 2 or more.
Ongoing: Drop-in Qigong classes
Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m., Anacortes Senior Center, All Ages Welcome!
October 25: Relax Your Body, Relax Your Mind
the happy-making and healing movements of Sheng Zhen Qigong (Shung Jen
seated in a chair. This qigong improves physical, emotional and
spiritual well-being through gentle movements and non-moving
meditations. This workshop focuses on two forms: Awakening the Soul
and Healing Qigong. Beginners and current students are welcome! After
attending this workshop, beginners have the option of joining
continuing students on Tuesdays.Registration is required, 299-4204.
1 - 5 p.m.
Island Hospital Conference Rooms 1, 2 & 3
November 22: Loosen Up!
and sway your way to greater spine flexibility and strength. This
workshop focuses on Kuan Yin Standing Qigong, a series of gentle
movements and contemplations for greater physical, emotional and
spiritual well-being. Beginners and current students are welcome! After attending this
workshop, beginners have the option of joining continuing students on Wednesday evernings.Registration is required, 299-4204.
1 - 4 p.m.
Island Hospital Conference Rooms 1, 2 & 3
the heck is Reiki? Reiki is a Japanese "laying on of hands" technique
that reduces stress, induces relaxation, and promotes healing. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (360) 293-2193.
Offer Expires: December 31, 2008