For those of us in the northern hemisphere, in Pacific Time, summer officially begins on June 20. In the Chinese Five Element Theory, the summer season corresponds with the heart organ, the color red, the fire element, and the resolving of anxiety with acceptance and joy.
Spring prepared us for summer with fuel through naturally arising springtime yang qi. With summer just around the corner we can continue harnessing yang qi and come more fully into a time of expansion, creativity, activity and abundance. Summer is the time to live life to its fullest by celebrating each day and moment. We enjoy the warm days and nights with family and friends, take vacations, garden, and undertake new projects and adventures.
“In summer, the song sings itself ” ~ William Carlos Williams
During summer it is natural to awaken earlier, go to bed later, and have a mid-day siesta. It is important to stay refreshed with plenty of water and seasonal fruits. You may feel best if you eat light meals, incorporating abundant local, fresh vegetables and stay away from heavy greasy food.
The heart, mind and spirit are ruled by fire, the symbol for maximum activity or outgoingness. Attending to the heart, mind and spirit is helpful for staying healthy in summer, as summer is a time to nourish our spirits and harness our greatest potential.
We may notice a stronger longing for our own radiance to shine more brightly during summer. It is an ideal time to open the heart to deeper compassion and joy. However, it is important to be mindful that you don’t get burned or burned-out from excessive brightness. Like tending to the cooking fires, we want our heat to be even.
Integrating and embracing seasonal information can help support us in living within the laws of nature and enjoying life more. As always, starting or continuing your qigong practice is a powerful way to help you stay in balance and feel harmonized with the current season.
Wishing you the best for a happy summer!