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The arrival of summer opens the heart and inspires the Spirit. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Five Elements, summer expresses the element of fire. When in balance “fire” energy expresses vitality, inspiration, warmth, enthusiasm, spiritual wisdom and perception, brightness and joy. However, as with everything in the universe fire energy also has a dark side. When this occurs fire can be fierce, explosive, scorching, ungrounded, lacking substance, superficial, fickle or dazzling.
Like the qualities of a flame summer is a time for action and expansion, for lightness, perception and discernment. The clarity and brilliance of fire's energy brings insight and illumination. “Fire” colours are warm and flamboyant, vibrant and uplifting. Purple, orange, burgundy and red are considered to be “fire” colours. The heart is a “fire” organ of the body and is associated with the emotion of joy.
Here are a few ideas to help you to align your life and home with the positive qualities of summer’s fire:
- As the containment and heaviness of winter clears away, lighten up, refresh and simplify your life.
- Get rid of clutter in all areas of your life as this can quell the flames of spontaneity and growth that summer's energy brings. In this context “clutter” refers to all things that obstruct, or any items that no longer have relevance or value in your life now. This can include activities and people that crowd and over-fill your time and your living spaces. Consider for example, old clothes, unwanted gifts, excessive furnishings, broken objects, stored items, extra body weight, greasy and processed foods, junk mail, trashy TV, and even friends.
- Open up your home to be more bright and spacious to celebrate summer’s generous spirit. Avoid a minimalist approach however that risks your living spaces becoming stark and soul-less. A home that is too open, light and active can feel unsettled and disturbing. This type of dynamic can deplete your energy and drain your money. Maintain a balance that is best for your constitution and lifestyle.
- Pack away your thick winter clothes and donate to charity all items that no longer express who you are.
- Introduce fire objects in and around your home – such as colourful cushions, bright flowers, and red lanterns for barbecues on balmy summer evenings.
- Prepare your garden for a summer harvest of corn, tomatoes, eggplant, capsicum, lettuce and salad herbs. Gardening is a grounding activity for body and soul. Regular connection with the earth can help to keep you balanced when summer's social activities scatter and distract.
- Choose summer type foods that are cooling and light for the body to digest. Barbecues, sautés, stir-fries, salads and summer fruits are more harmonious for the body at this time of the year than heavy, baked and greasy foods.
- Enjoy soft summer dawns with breakfasts outdoors of mangoes, melons, and berries.
- Replenish the vitality and life force of your home each morning by opening windows to fresh air and sunshine.
- Immerse your body in summer's sunshine and the energising life force of the ocean.
- Balance summer’s fire with plenty of filtered water.
- Light red and purple candles and enjoy dinner under the stars. The golden flames of candles express illumination, ceremony, warmth and togetherness and connect us with spirit.
- Colours are a wonderful way to uplift your mood and celebrate summer. The dark, contracting and ambiguous clothes we tend to wear in winter suddenly become heavy and dismal in summer. When you step out in luminous and glowing summer colours your body absorbs and expresses the energy of those colours.
- Replace your dark winter bed coverings with lighter, brighter ones.
- Beware of burnout in summer! Doing too much without replenishing your body with sleep, fresh water and quality foods depletes your Qi and can leave you feeling empty and tired.
- Honour the beauty and joy of summer with flowers – especially if you can't be outdoors as much as you would like. Think exotic Tiger Lilies, happy Sunflowers, friendly Nasturtiums, good old Geraniums and colourful Gerberas.