What an amazing time of year for healing. We move from the expansive nature of summer to the more internal, contractive nature of Autumn.
In many healing and spiritual traditions, Autumn is a time of letting go and of new opportunities. This season shows us how beautiful it is to slow down, relax and release. In Chinese Medicine, Autumn is associated with the Metal Element and the Lungs. This season is all about protecting boundaries, setting limits, and organizing around our priorities.
This is a time to ask ourselves what we are holding onto that may not be serving our highest good. This is a time to forgive and move forward. This process of letting go is deeply connected to grief, the emotion of the lungs. When we let go, we create space for new opportunities, deeper healing, and more connected relationships. We may feel a sense of loss, grief, and opening. For some of us, grief and trauma have become stuck in our bodies and are holding us back from our healing potential. If you are suffering from grief, sadness, or chronic lung or digestive symptoms, this is your season to let it all go!
I love beets and beet greens for how grounding and nutritious they are - providing folate, dietary fiber, manganese, potassium, iron, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and more! This wonderful garden beet salad is a perfect way to utilize all parts of the beet plus it’s versatile and so incredibly satisfying.
Some insights on nourishment:
Their beautiful color: Beets primarily get their deep red color from the phytochemicals (color pigments) belatins which are associated with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties helping to repair cellular damage, fight inflammation, and support our immune systems. Beets also contain beta-carotene (plant form of vitamin A, orange color pigment) supporting eye and skin health as well as immunity - to name a few functions (1),(2).