Nature blossoms into its fullness finally here in the Pacific Northwest after a long and cold spring. The plants become what they are meant to be and all the fruits are ripening. The warmth and light of this time of the year is the basic component from which all life originates, develops, heals, and evolves. It is the most expansive and fullest outward expression of Nature. It shows itself in us, as we are also that Nature.
It is the time for reaching out, connecting with people and enjoying life. By giving and sharing, we build our own inner fire, open our own flower, and bring more of ourselves to the world.
Questions for the season:
- What do you observe in regard to your fire and passion?
- In which areas would you like more joy and laughter?
- Do you experience close and warm friend- ships?
As the sun is the center of our solar system, so is the heart of our body. Both make life possible and radiate warmth, light and energy. Take a moment to tune into that energy. Feel the power, dynamic, and life force, which influence every cell of you. Feel the warmth of your heart and the sun, the microcosm and the macrocosm, sense the rays of the sun, the pulse of your blood in the rhythm of your heart. What does it feel like? How is your fire burning? Do you spread out your passion into the world around you?
The summer’s energy corresponds in our body with the heart and the small intestine, which is known as the “separator of the pure from the impure”. Its job is likened to an internal alchemist who puts everything through an ordeal by fire, sorting what is good and pure from what is gross and impure. Its responsibility is to ensure that only that which is good, pure, and worthy of consideration gets through to the heart. The small intestine sorts on every level.
If your inner ‘summer’ energy is low and you experience no inner “blooming,” you might feel the lack of something to share, like joy or compassion. Though you might crave these qualities, your relationships may be based on anxiety and fear of rejection. An imbalance can also manifest in over expansion, like a never-ending summer: too hot, too much, always laughing, joking, talking, being “on”, never allowing a decrease.
Summer is a reminder to open your heart to the knowing who you are and entering fully into rela- tionships. Be completely in the moment and ready for a new warming heart connection. Joy is the perfect ingredient to open your heart to another. Love life fully.
- Create joy in your life. Laugh, play and have fun on a regular basis. Consider fun as important to your well-being as work or anything else you do.
- Connect with yourself and to others, love and have compassion. Take time to listen. Open your heart and give unconditionally.
- Live your passion, whether it be the choir, rollerblading, writing poetry or whatever you are interested in. Be fully alive! Be in your body, dance, swim, run, be vital and vibrant.
The best medicines to get your fire burning bright are love, the company of good friends and a sense of humor.
Diet tips for summer
Take advantage of all the fresh and abundant local foods, which are full of vital life force. Use quick cooking methods like sautéing, steaming and blanching and enjoy more salads and raw foods. Live raw foods provide the enzymes needed for healthy digestion and assimilation and have a positive impact on your heart health.
Grains: Buckwheat, rye, corn, amaranth, quinoa
Legumes: Red lentil, sprouted mung beans, chickpeas
Vegetables: Asparagus, chives, endive, radicchio, okra, scallions, dandelion greens and root, kale, collard greens, watercress, mustard greens, aru- gula, radicchio, lettuce, frisée, eggplant, artichokes, cauliflower, green beans, beets, okra, red bell pepper, scallion, artichoke, chicory, olives
Fruits: Cherries, grapefruit, wild berries, blackberries, strawberries, elderberries, mulberries apricot, peaches, apples, lemon. Depending on where you live: papaya, mango, pineapple, melons, guava, persimmon, banana
Dairy: Goat or sheep cheese, goat milk Herbs and spices: parsley, basil, cilantro, chili, curry, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cayenne, ginseng, sage, sorrel, hawthorn, paprika, nettle, rosemary, thyme. Spices in general are recommended.