Let’s explore the element of the summer. In Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yin Yoga (both I love) the summer season is considered the Fire Element. The Fire Element has the power to give light, and to illuminate our inner being as well as our external world. The summer season gives us time to celebrate life and its bounty from the growth and bearing of flowers, trees, fruits & vegetables. The Earth is celebrating and giving us abundance in sunlight, growth, activities and relationships. We find ourselves more in action, keeping busy, socially doing more and consuming more.
The emotion associated with the Fire Element is joy. When in balance it’s common to feel a zestfulness for life. With an imbalanced fire element one can experience a lack of joy, anxiety, lack of sleep or insomnia, restlessness, agitation, rashes, acid reflux and digestive issues.
In Yin Yoga the organs paired to the Fire Element are the heart and the small intestine. The heart is associated with our emotions, spirit and spiritual realms. The small intestines are associated with assimilation and elimination. So, if you feel out of balance during the Fire Element season check in with your emotions, your internal thoughts, your digestion and what you are eating.
Ways to balance the Fire Element:
-Eat seasonally. Keep dishes light and colorful representing the vegetables that are in season. Eat slowly and mindfully chewing your food down like the consistency of baby food. This will help your digestion.
-Stay hydrated and cool, but don’t drink overly cold beverages unless your constitution can handle it.
-Exercise, but don’t over do it.
-Go outside and into nature. Appreciate all the beauty and gifts nature has to offer during the summer season.
-Practice breath-work for cooling and calming the body.
-Meditate and make time for self-care and down time each day.
-Try not to overburden your schedule.
-Stay positive and away from negativity.
-Trust your instincts; tune into your heart.
I’ve been redesigning and replanting my front succulent yard since mid May. I love getting in the soil and working with succulents. I always need a creative outlet and succulent tapestry design is perfect for me this summer. I hope you are getting outside and enjoying your summer!
Be safe and cool,