September 19, 2019
I love this time of year – the harvest season.
I worked hard all spring and summer and can now rest and enjoy. I have given up weeding in favor of walking around my garden to pick ripe raspberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash. Asian pears hang plump from our trees. I make batches of pesto and tomato sauce giving our kitchen the marvelous fragrance of garlic and basil. Goldfinches sit atop the sunflowers eating seeds. The last hummingbirds animate our garden before their long journeys south. We all feel a degree of poignancy about this season as the air feels different and the light changes.
The harvest season is the time of the Earth Element in Chinese Medicine, when all the hard work of the growing season pays off. Life is rich and the sweetness of the day is celebrated by the soft light and the scent of fruit in the air.
In Chinese medicine the Earth Element governs the stomach and spleen. These organs aid our digestion, transforming food into nourishment we can use. When these organs are healthy, we feel strong, well-nourished and grounded. When out of balance, we may have digestive problems or difficulties nourishing ourselves.
The changes of season can be a difficult time. Some suggestions for living in harmony with the late summer season:
Enjoy the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Be thoughtful of how you can nourish others and yourself.
Be conscious of the harvest of your life.
Consider what you need to do to make ready for the coming of autumn.
Schedule an acupuncture “tune-up” to help you prepare for the change of season.
Late summer is a time to take stock of all our hard work this past year and in our lives. Is our harvest bountiful or is there something missing that we would want to change in next year’s garden? This is a time to reflect on our personal harvest. It is also a time to enjoy the sweetness of life and give thanks.
the air is different today
the wind sings with a new tone
sighing of changes
the harvest gathered
a flower, a nut
some mead, and bread
a candle and a prayer
returning the fruits
to the grove
- Rhawk, Alban Elfed