The CALMM welcomes you to autumn, season of the Lung and Large Intestine meridians. In Chinese medicine, autumn’s energy represents letting go. As the leaves change colour and fall to the ground, so too we let go of the old and stagnant, ready to receive the new and refresh our energy and return to our core.
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As we gently enter the new season, The CALMM shares our favourite mindset shifts and compassionate tips to encourage rest and restoration.
1. Be with NATURE
Did you know that our environment can increase or reduce our stress, which in turn impacts our bodies? What you are seeing, hearing, experiencing at any moment is changing not only your mood, but how your nervous, endocrine, and immune systems are working.
Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature can reduce anger, fear, and stress while simultaneously increasing your positive feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it can contribute to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.
2. Stay GROUNDED
The human body’s rhythm of movement and interaction with the ground beneath is truely something special. Practicing grounding to reconnect our vibrational energy with the earth is a powerful tool for us all at this time.
The time has come, find your nearest patch of grass and park up. All you need is 20 minutes a day. Integrate this into your daily walk or when you find yourself outside. Go barefoot. Earth yourself.
Your health is an investment. Nurture yourself.
3. Self FOCUS.
It seems counter-intuitive to focus on yourself, but loving and caring for yourself from a place devoid of ego is one of the most unselfish things you can do. When you give yourself everything you possibly can to ensure you are healthy in mind, body, and spirit, you allow yourself to be the best that you can be.
Book in your next yoga class. My personal favourite is Modern Movement in Mona Vale and Balgowlah.
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4. Shinrin YOKU.
The Japanese therapy often prescribed to the overworked, known in the west as Forest Bathing. Studies have shown time spent relaxing in a natural environment can improve focus, emotional wellbeing, sleep quality, and reduce stress. Nature is the perfect space to practice mindfulness and be present.
In autumn, notice the new shades enveloping the landscape and fill the eyes with a new palette of burnt tones.
On your next visit to The CALMM, take an hour afterward to immerse yourself in nearby Centennial Park for a spot of Shinrin Yoku.
5. Be PRESENT.
Stop Scrolling. Take a moment. We can become so absorbed in our thoughts and our subsequent reactions to them that we don’t observe what is actually happening. We spend an enormous amount of time anticipating or dreading the future or dwelling in the past that we do not pay attention to what we actually experiencing in the here and now.
Take a minute to notice your surroundings and take a mental note of:
- 5 things you can see
- 4 things you can touch
- 3 things you can hear
- 2 things you can smell
- 1 thing you can taste
This will help bring you to the present moment. What can you see right now?
6. The REGENERATION
Autumn is the season of letting go and regeneration. The CALMM’s oversized nylon washcloth sweeps away dead and dry skin, increasing cell production and promoting lymphatic drainage.
Shop: The Wash Cloth, in coarse black or soft orange, available here.
7. The POINT
Large Intestine 4. Autumn is the season of the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians, and represents letting go and regeneration.
This acupressure point is known as the great eliminator for feelings such as toxic thought. Along with the emotional releases, it may assist in relaxing head-related tension. I invite you to spend some time sitting with this point. By doing so you will be holding hands with yourself, in a quiet, contemplative pose, right here, in the present moment.
We leave you with a final thought. For every minute you are stressed you lose sixty seconds of relaxation. Take a moment to take a deep breath and exhale your worries. Be gentle on yourself in this season of regeneration.
News from The CALMM:
As we welcome the new season, The CALMM has expanded our Bondi studio and more appointments are now available.
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