Summer represents the outward expression of energy, expansiveness, movement and activity. It is the most yang of the seasons and is ruled by the fire element and is associated with the heart and small intestine organ. Summer and the Fire element is associated with the colour red and the emotion joy in Chinese Medicine.
Summer is a time for growth, expansion, abundance, light and the manifestation of all we have been cultivating during Spring. It is the season where seeds that were sown in Spring come to fruition. Plants grow quickly and people tend to be more full of energy and vitality. With days being longer and the weather warmer, summer often improves peoples moods and are more likely to become outward and be drawn to outdoor activities like BBQ’s, outdoor gatherings, beach walks or swims and nature or parkland walks.
In Chinese Medicine, the Heart, mind and spirit are ruled by the fire element, so priority should be taken to ensure aspects of ourselves are reflected upon for the Heart (Fire element) doesn’t become imbalanced, or flip into an excess state.
When the Hearts energy is balanced within us our lives are more rich with laughter, joy and passion. The heart circulates oxygen rich blood throughout the body and is vital for harmonious Qi flow for physical balance. The heart governs mental acuity and is associated with memory, thought processes, consciousness and emotional wellbeing. When balanced, the mind is calm and we sleep deeply and wake rested.
When the Heart is imbalanced we may lack joy and instead depression may appear. An excess state of joy may occur (mania or manic behaviour). Other characteristics of an imbalanced heart include:
As summer brings a myriad of intense colours, sounds, and fragrances - engage your senses this summer and make yourself available to the abundance all around you. For any help, contact us via email, our contact page or give us a call.