Autumn is generally a time of dryness.  You may find that not only your skin is dry, but your nose, lips, and throat are also dry.  You may be thirstier than you normally have been.

You may also find that you have a dry cough.  This is related to your lungs, which may not be of any surprise to you.

But your lungs may be telling you more about what is going on in your body – and your emotions.

The lungs receive the qi vital force of the air and mix it with the qi extracted from food.  This combination of qi and associated nutrients is then distributed throughout the body.  This will be of importance to you as it will help protect the many surfaces within and on the outside of your body.

Your lungs are a vital part of your defense from viruses, bacteria, and other invading pathogens.  You have qi that is a part of the mucous membranes and interior surfaces of your lungs.

The strength of your lungs, then, depends on your qi.

Qi is literally translated as breath or air.  It is the vital energy and life force that flows throughout your body.

Your lung qi energy can be seen by its ability to maintain its strength and be unified with the rest of your body against these diseases that seek to invade your body at every level – including your cellular immunity.

But your physical body isn’t the only way you can tell how strong your qi is.

The personality of those with strong lungs is influenced by this qi.

Those with strong lung qi hold onto their direction, find joy in creating order, are seen as effective at what they do, and generally seem to have it all together.

You may hear people say things like “They hold on to things,” or “They can’t seem to let go.”

These terms express the emotional attachment that your lungs are telling you have become part of your story.

The colon is the yang organ paired with the lungs.  Its obvious function is to help your body release and let go of what is no longer needed by the body.

This release is also on the emotional and spiritual levels.

Those with healthy lungs are often seen as being able to hold onto their values and principles.  They are known to keep their commitments.

When it comes time to let go of something – whether it be an object or a relationship – they are aware of it and are able to do it without repressing their emotions.  It isn’t that they feel no emotion.  Rather, through allowing themselves to be aware of it, they can feel the grief and sadness – and then let go.

This allows all parts of you to go on in life.

Those with weak lungs may experience loss with some semblance of confusion, and then attempt to stifle or suppress their feelings of sadness.  They never seem to completely let go.

This may also show up in their surroundings.  Since they have a hard time letting go, they may be seen as hoarding stuff and become disorderly.  They also may be those that easily lose things or become the opposite – they cling to something with almost an unreasonable attachment.

So, as you can see, grief is the emotion associated with the lungs and colon.  If you express your grief, that will actually strengthen your health.  However, repressed grief can create contractions in your lungs.  This will then interfere with how they function.  Your lungs will no longer be able to help disperse that vital energy – that qi.

When this happens, your lungs then become congested with this matter.

Understanding the inward nature of this emotion can offer you a clue to help you release it, and bring you closer to physical health as well.

You can use this contracting force of grief positively to your betterment.

It offers you the opportunity and space to look within, to begin the process of identifying any sorrows that are within your body.

By being mindful of all that is happening within your body and your emotions, you now have the opportunity to release and let them go.  This can be very transforming for you.

Sharing your feelings with others can also help the energy associated with them to dissolve and evaporate.

By focusing within, you are also helping yourself to heal those areas where an illness may be.

Interestingly, the heart chakra is the chakra associated with the lungs.  It is the chakra that is all about our ability to love – which requires that we open to the possibility of grief, sorrow, and disappointment, as well as the wonderful sensations of love, joy, fulfilment, and compassion.

If you are doing any heart chakra work, you are likely to feel all of these emotions – not just the great ones.

When emotions arise and we block them, they cease to be energy in motion and instead become stuck – in our bodies, in our psyches, in our body/mind interface.

Three things happen as a result of this – one we strengthen the pattern in our body/mind that blocks, avoids, or denies emotions, thereby cutting ourselves off from the truth of our emotion. Two, those stuck emotions have to go somewhere, and they affect our body in some way. (Think illness in years to come.)

Finally, blocking, avoiding or denying emotion and allowing it to remain in our body affects how we interact with life down the line. We’ll seek to avoid situations that create more of the same kind of emotion. We begin to avoid life.

There are things you can do as a way of un-doing years of avoiding and denying emotions. It’s like a spring-clean for the heart.

You can help your body to clear some of these dark and confusing emotions and thoughts by long, deep breathing.

Pungent foods also have an expansive quality to them, which can help your body to break them down.  Pungent foods have a flavor that is the first to enter the lungs, and from there will assist your body in clearing grief.

All of the peppers are pungent to different degrees. So whether we are talking about bell peppers, red peppers, jalapeno, habaneras, or other peppers, they are all pungent. Other pungent foods include: ginger, garlic, onion, asafoetida, cloves, cayenne, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, thyme, sage, turmeric, wasabi, horseradish, mustard seeds and greens, radishes, black and green peppercorns.

Learn to welcome life as it arises – all of it. Not just the joy and happiness, but also the grief and sadness.

That’s wholeness. That’s why we commit to the practice of at least one thing in our daily life.

I am here to help you establish habits in your daily life that are just for you.

Schedule some time with me so we can talk about how we can work together to bring you to the world.