Today is the Autumnal Equinox. At Energy Matters, we will be acknowledging the seasonal transition with a qigong practice, as we do four times a year for each equinox and solstice. I love these practices because nowadays it is rare that we come together to honor and celebrate these ancient rhythms. Last I checked, there aren’t many “Happy Autumnal Equinox” Hallmark cards.
Why do I care about these celestial events? Chinese Medicine works on the assumption that our human bodies are microcosms of the natural world, and that the same processes that take place “out there” also take place within us. If I were a farmer, I would be more intimately connected with the angle of the sun in the sky, the length the days in relationship to the nights, the nuances of the changing mean temperature, and more. But like many people, I spend much of my time indoors.
However, my body still knows that the days are getting shorter, that the sun is tracking lower on the horizon, and that we are turning the corner toward the deepest yin time of year. My body knows, even if I am not paying attention.
Part of the way we can cultivate greater health is to find ways to bring our bodies in closer alignment with natural processes and rhythms. By hosting a qigong practice, I have the opportunity to think about what the shift to shorter days, longer nights and cooler temperatures means to me, this year, this Autumn. Each seasonal transition is different, every year.
You are welcome to join us at 6:15pm tonight – no experience required.
Photo: “Autumnal Equinox” by Erik Charlton – https://flic.kr/p/ryf8xe