Strengthen the Immune System
In the Taoist theory of five elements, the Autumn Equinox marks the beginning of the metal phase of the five element cycle. Metal energy relates to dusk, the setting sun, leaves falling, the color white, dryness, cooling, and in the body—the lungs and large intestine.
Autumn is a good time of year to strengthen the lungs, the kidneys, and the immune system in preparation for the cold winds of winter. The body is more susceptible to colds and flus as the weather changes. So, we can use the waning heat and energy of autumn to build our reserves of energy before the stillness of winter sets in.
Reflect on what has happened so far in the year, harvest lessons learned, and prepare for a rest winter before new potential bursts forth in spring.