Welcome to the fall season 2016. I begin with a thought from Lao Tzu:
Nature alternates dynamically when it completes what it is doing, then it starts over again. All that is springs from such alternation. As we observe and enjoy our external environment changing, let us also observe and strengthen our internal environmental alternations. Both have subtle, yet dynamic, influence on our daily existence, although our internal environment can be more readily changed by us.
According to Eastern philosophy and medicine, each major organ in the body has a
time of the year when it has the potential for the most energy passing through it and has one of five tastes to which it is most responsive. Winter corresponds to the kidneys, which respond to salty tastes; spring is associated with the liver and sour tastes; summer involves the stomach and its corresponding sweet tastes; and late summer is represented by the heart and bitter tastes. This season, autumn, involves the lungs, which are related to pungent and spicy-tasting foods.
Entire books can and have been written on these "Five Transformations." Let's focus on the relationship between autumn and the lungs, and how we can create the most harmony within ourselves during this season.
Over the summer months, if you're like me, you have probably consumed more than normal - maybe too much - organic ice cream or other frozen sugary desserts, and perhaps eaten in a more chaotic way in response to the metabolic shifts brought about by the extreme heat. Maybe you've gotten a cold that helps the body quickly rid itself of the toxins and excess waste that did not get eliminated through normal channels. Maybe your body has a different way of discharging excess. Whatever way your body functions, let us always be grateful and mindful of the body's innate ability to heal and repair itself.
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To be good to your lungs this fall, I suggest yoga or other exercise which keeps the energy flowing in your lungs, which oxygenates your blood. Properly working lungs will make you feel good and help you keep a healthy and joyous outlook on life.
You might also try this easy sweet rice recipe, which is specially designed to complement the lungs receptivity to spices this fall.
1 ¾ C. sweet rice
¼ C. wild rice
2 T. sesame oil
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 green pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 pinches sea salt
1 ½ T. chili powder
4 C. water
1 ½ T. tamari
Heat oil and sauté vegetables with salt and chili powder for 5 minutes. Add water and rice. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Add tamari to taste, fluff with a fork and serve.
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