A Cozy Season
During Fall, we make the transition to a yin time of year: we slow down, the weather gets colder, the nights longer. We tend to spend more time with close friends and family rather than so many large gatherings of cookouts, ball games, beach and fireworks. We might take quiet walks alone or watch the stars at night. We become more contemplative.
In Chinese Medicine, this season relates to the Metal element, associated with the Lungs and Large Intestine. While sadness and grief are the emotions related to this time of year - and often prominently felt by many - one may consider that poignancy and nostalgia are just as apropos terms for what is experienced during these cooler months. We tend to turn inward and we often feel more deeply during these months.
Hand in hand with this rich quilt of emotions and sensations, one experiences beauty, gratitiude, vulnerability, softening and grace. This is a season of letting go: of shedding one’s skin just as the trees release their leaves. One has the opportunity to flush baggage, old wounds and excesses from one’s life. What is left then is a greater appreciation for what one has, often found in the small moments, in one’s treasured relationships, and in a deeper love and care for oneself.
The Danish concept of Hygge is a perfect reflection of these qualities of the Fall season as well as the characteristics of the Metal element. Hygge is a respite within the everyday, rewarding and warming experiences of life. It inspires joy in the small pleasures, gratitude for one’s blessings, and mindfulness in every moment. Hygge is savoring a cup of tea, watching Sunday football, listening to Christmas carols, eating your mom’s brownies, walking through fallen leaves, throwing ball with your dog, snuggling before a movie. It is whatever helps you slow down and be present, thankful and at ease within your self.
Find some inspiration for hygge activities at The Little Green Door’s blog.