Fall and Spring

Wood_MetalA Yin & Yang Balancing Act

The Wood element of Spring gets plenty of attention here in the west! In general, western culture worships the Wood element to such an extreme that many of us live with a Wood imbalance. We’ve been living with it so long that it can seem “normal.”
When the Wood element is “too big,” we have physical signs of tension and conditions such as headaches, menstrual cramps, irritability with angry outbursts, a sense of always being on guard, and neck and shoulder pain.  If the condition progresses we may have TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint Syndrome), high blood pressure, insomnia, sciatica, or a crabby, negative disposition that isolates us from others.

Balance Wood with Metal

Fall is here, so we can take advantage of the season that balances Wood to bring ourselves into harmony. Wood is the beginning of Yang. So, it is extroverted, expanding, exciting, loud, doing, active, and full of big ideas and vision. Fall is just the opposite. The Metal element is our expression of inner attention, contemplation, editing, letting go, being quiet, feeling ourselves, being, breathing, meditating, and self-reflection.
Girl breathing deepWe bring our attention to our breath as a means of bringing our awareness deeply within ourselves. Attention on the breath utilizes the Lungs, the organ associated with the Metal element, which increases the resource of Metal within us. This is a simple strategy for soothing Wood and harmonizing our Qi.
Although it takes extra effort to turn toward our Metal element in our fast paced mega-stimulated society, it is well worth it. As the leaves are falling off, the trees and plants retreat to their roots. It is time to contemplate and bring our awareness inward. By finding our way to our breath, to our stillness, to our inner world, we practice harmony with the Nature within us and around us, bringing balance to our Qi.

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Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. cat on November 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Thank you, Cindy, for your reflections. I am ready for this season. Wedding over, Mom’s visit complete, I have no travel plans until February when we go to Buellton, Ca to see our daughter and 2 grandkids (plus hubby!). Up to me to be; quiet and turn inward ~ “Allways”, as Salisha Bomysoad Gaeta frequently is heard to say.
    One Love,
    P.S. Can’t wait to have Andrea’s book in hand!

    • Cindy Black on November 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Rest well, Cat!
      I’m sure you will be enjoying Andrea’s book – it’s a great one.
      Thanks for stopping in and sharing your thoughts.

  2. cat on October 25, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Awesome reminder, allways to be counted on from Cindy. What a blessing!

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