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Posted by amihanna
In the ancient tradition of Chinese medicine there are 5 seasons that each correlate with a different Element. Fall = Metal, Winter=Water, Spring =Wood, Summer =Fire, and Late Summer = Earth. As of two days ago we entered the sign of Virgo, the sign of Earth, Demeter, reaping what we have sown, harvesting Eden’s apples. It is a time to enjoy the fruits of our labors and begin new projects, such as going back to school or, if you’re an ADD writer such as myself, begin a new blog. Systems of ancient medicine have fascinated me throughout my life to the point of endless amounts of research and contemplation. I have discovered that one commonality they all share is the awareness that the changing seasons and the motions of Heavens are inexplicably connected to our every day lives, functions, activities, and health. One need only look at a Farmer’s Almanac to see that at least as long as we have been tilling the earth, we have been looking at the Heavens to calculate the optimum times to plant, water, and harvest the fruits of our nourishment and medicines. According to Taoist texts, even in times when humans wandered around and ate roots, nuts, and herbs, we were still watching how the cycles of plants coincided with astrological events. The Chinese word for Earth is “Doyo” which means transition. Chinese medicine teaches that late summer is the time to transition into new activities while remaining centered.
This idea of maintaining your center while things are transitioning, or in motion reminded me of of watching a BBoy battle here in Salt Lake a few weeks ago. It seemed somehow logical that the majority of the break dancers were of Asian decent. Break dancing requires an amazing amount of internal composure in order to enact moves such as spinning on ones head. I would liken break dancing into a modern Kung Fu disguised in the way Brazilian slaves disguised fighting techniques into Capoeira. As I watched the BBoy battle, there was a part of me, call it my internal 3rd eye Alien visitor, that watched these competing breakers as if I had popped out of a time machine from 2000 years ago and observed the dual from the perspective of Shaolin martial artist. Within the battle circle I saw many of the same essential elements of a martial art; discipline, respect for your opponent, drum beats (upgraded by technology down to the size of a record or MP3),and a circle created of spectators to enclose the “performers”. Human beings, even being subject to the rules of gravity, seem to be able to use these rules to our benefit to achieve amazing feats of motion. Planets are also subject to these same rules of gravity. Bodies in motion are humans and heavenly circles.
As the planets spin, so do our lives. I find it interesting that this Late Summer season of transition is in an Earth sign. The ideas of reap and sow, plant and harvest, are an appropriate metaphor for Samsara, the Buddhist concept of the endless cycle of action and consequence. I have a mental image of human souls in constant motion leaving , and returning to this planet as this Earth itself is in perpetual motion. One day, this planet too will die, spin down to nothing but dust. That dust will wander off to other areas of the Universe to be born in another cosmic orbit. Even the Universe will spin and spin until eventually it too will rebirth into a new form. The only thing that never changes is change itself, The Universe is in constant motion and while we are in the midst of transition, it seems logical that the only way to be is centered.
As we spin
Head and Tales
Harvest our breathes
Reap and sow
Heaven’s break dance
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