Making the Seasonal Shift into Summer
Fire is the element that correlates to summer. It is the most vibrant and abundant of all the elements. It promotes open-heartedness, connection, and emotional vulnerability with both lovers and friends alike. Fire challenges us to remove the veil over our hearts and experience the true freedom of loving fully.
This is the peak of yang energy, both within us and around us. The days are the longest they’ll be all year and the sun is at it’s brightest. We are encouraged to get outside, to surround ourselves with people we love, and to really tap into the joys of life.
The spiritual quality of fire is called the shen or spirit. This quality is responsible for the unification of the mind, body, and spirit. In Chinese medicine, the heart is known as the emperor of the body, maintaining receptivity, peacefulness, and safety of mind and body, which are not separate.
It’s important to honor both the freeing and protective aspects of fire energy. Below are some ways to maintain that balance.
With fire energy blazing it’s important to maintain sense of calm within the mind and body. A pre-bed meditation is nice, allowing you to come down from the day.
Get out and play.
Fire energy is at the root of our social connectivity. Focus on nourishing heartfelt and honest relationships.
Commit to a self-love practice.
There’s a saying that you can’t pour from an empty cup. You can’t give love to others if you can’t give it to yourself first.
Laughing is the diagnostic voice sound of the heart. It also improves circulation and oxygen utilization with the body.
Water is the yin to fire’s yang. Taking a dip can be a cleansing and grounding practice during this time of year.
Enjoy the fresh fruits and veggies of the season.
Chinese medicine isn’t super keen on raw fruits and veggies because of their cold nature. If there’s anytime to enjoy these delicious gems it’s now. Cool down with fruits like watermelon and pineapple.