METAL ELEMENT

Sources: Yin training manual, Detox training with Juan Pablo Barahona, Wood Becomes Water book by Gail Reichstein, fractalenlightenment.com, 5elementfood.blogspot.com, acatcm.com for meridian jpgs

Organs: Lungs (yin) & Large Intestine (yang)

Emotions: Grief, sadness 

Climate: Dry

Flavor: Pungent & Savory

Color: White 

Connecting to: Skin, nose & hair 

CYCLES:

Seasonal Cycle: Autumn

Phase in the Menstrual Cycle: Luteal (days 21-28 in a 28-day cycle)

Lunar Cycle: Last Quarter

Cycle of Day: Sunset, evening

Human Life Cycle: Late middle to old age

Stage in the Manifestation Process: Period of Completion, Letting go of whatever is holding you back, sharing our wisdom with others 

Yoga Asana: Backbends/ chest openers & Twists 

Healing breath: Shhhhh

Balanced: Acceptance, integrity, seeks refinement, logical, spiritual, intimate, humble, recognition/ enjoyment of beauty & it's inherent impermanence

Metal in Deficiency: shortness of breath, dry skin, fatigue, cold or flu, sweating, weak cough or asthma, weak voice, constipation, exhaustion, inability to grieve, repeating the same destructive patterns of behavior over & over, perfectionist attitude 

Metal in Excess: dry skin, mucus, swollen tonsils, deep & phlegmy cough, dry constipation or crampy diarrhea, stuffiness in the chest or head, skin breakouts like rashes & acne, pain or inflammation along the Lung or Large Intestine meridians, neurotic behavior, being overly judgmental of others, inconsolable grief, rigid attitude, lack of creativity

Process: Letting go, refinement, managing grief & loss to acceptance & value 

Direction & energetic Flow: West , inward 

Hours: Lungs (3- 5 am) sleep soundly, Large Intestine (5- 7 am) Wake up & drink water, no caffeine, take a brisk walk

Pungent Foods: Onion, garlic, chives, radish, cauliflower, turnip, tofu, pears, kohlrabi, cinnamon, mint, rosemary, thyme, cloves, fennel, cilantro, parsley, mustard greens, basil, nutmeg

 

Balanced lifestyle: 

Elemental Spirit: Po "corporeal soul" the materialized aspect of the soul, that dissolves with death, and allows us to find value in life