Metal is sturdy and dependable, loves ritual and keeps to high standards. This element associated with autumn, a time of contraction, when trees let go of their leaves in order to feed the soil, providing for generations to come. The metal archetype is courageous in its ability to contract, supporting others, almost indirectly, as if from the sidelines. The alchemist conducts its magic and is happy to stand back and watch the fruit of its labors at harvest. Metal is moral and just, dependable as the leaves that will always fall during the autumn season, each and every year. Thus the power of metal is in its consistency, in its ability to reason and thrives when it’s able to let things go.
Theme: The Alchemist
Autumn is the season when the energy of the lung is active. The lungs are the gateway of Qi, regulating the quantity of oxygen and passing it through to the blood and Qi and governs the evenness of our principles, our ability to reason. Lung governs the skin and mucous secretions, regulating the body’s moisture levels.
IMBALANCES OF LUNG ENERGY
When the lung energy is imbalanced the body cannot get sufficient oxygen and qi, which can lead to problems such as:
- PHYSICAL: Stiff joints and muscles, dry skin and hair, overextended or tight chest, dry cough, sinus headache, stiff spine and posture, dry mucous, constipation, cracked nails and lips, intermittent pulse, frail physique, stress, varicose veins, enlarged lymph nodes, respiratory disorders, dehydration, shallow breathing, poor circulation, sensitive to climate
- EMOTIONAL: Sadness, Depression, Disappointment, Difficulty with Emotional Intimacy
- BEHAVIORAL / SPIRITUAL: Formal, indifferent, inhibited, autocratic, strict, persnickety, distant, unnatural, self-righteous, disillusioned, prejudiced, perfectionistic, stoic, austere, dogmatic, petty, sloppy, compliant, hypocritical, lacks conviction, elusive, controlling
BALANCED VIRTUES INCLUDE:
Balanced metal energy respects virtue and authority, lays out the structure needed. They seek order and create it wherever they go. They are authoritative in a way that supports others thriving on consistency. Focusing on laying the groundwork, admiring beauty and passion while overcoming the need for self-control and thus overcoming rigidity, both mentally and physically, is of utmost importance, understanding when it’s important to soften and go with the flow is the energy of balanced metal energy. Flexible metal can adapt to its surroundings while retaining it’s structure.
- PHYSICAL: Lean, symmetrical, compact muscles
- BEHAVIORAL / SPIRITUAL: Analytical, Defined, Methodical, Discerning, Scrupulous, Accepting, Neat, Disciplined, Honorable, Precise, Reserved, Ritualistic, Ceremonious, Structured, Skillful, Defined, Discrete, Authoritative, Reasoned, Principled, Reveres Beauty and Refinement.\
Qi Breaks™ - Short Videos
For each short weekly routine we recommend that you practice at least once a day, preferably a few times a day to master the movement and receive full benefit.
This first practice of Fall is focused on releasing energy from the body and letting go of emotional stress. A powerful practice focused on the Lungs and Metal element tonification in the body!
Week 2 - Tiger Clears the Way
Coming Oct 16...
Week 3 - Acupressure for Emotional Release
Coming Oct 23...
Week 4 - The Windmill
Coming Oct 30...
Week 5 - Spinal Light Gathering
Coming Nov 6...
Week 6 - Sun Returns to its Origins
Coming Nov 13...
Week 7 - Harmonizing Heaven and Earth
Coming Nov 20..
Week 8 - Expanding into the Horizon
Coming Nov 27...
Week 9 - Special Release!
Coming Dec 4...
Qi Breaks™ - Full Practice Routines
For each Full Practice Routine below we recommend that you practice 2-3 times a week or on the weekend. If time is limited, practice the shorter 20-minute version. Use any combination of the 20-minute and 60-minute routines to help you meet your goal of 2-3 full Qi Gong routine practices every week!
October 60-minute Routine
October 20-minute Routine
November 60-minute Routine
November 20-minute Routine
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