Seasonal Wellness for Summer
“The master gives herself up to whatever the moment brings…” Lao Tzu
Summer is full upon us and brings with it much heat, light, expansion, energy and activity. All this stimulation is punctuated with laughter, fireworks, and social interaction. Now is a great time to engage our spontaneous action in order to fully live in the moment. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Summer is the season of Fire. Fire is alluring and helps us cultivate, charisma, spirit and magic. Summer is the season that sets our hearts on fire and reminds us to live life to the fullest.
Diet can play an important role in hydration. In Staying Healthy with the Seasons, author, Elson Haas M.D. writes,
“In summer it is especially important to consume more liquids, and raw, fresh fruits and vegetables, salads and a lighter diet in general. It is a good season to experiment with special diets such as fasting, or a raw food diet.”
Paul Pitchford suggests the following in his book, Healing with Whole Foods:
“Use plenty of brightly colored summer fruits and vegetables and enjoy creating beautiful meals – make a dazzling display with the colors of the food and design a floral arrangement for the table. Cook lightly and regularly add a little spicy, pungent, or even fiery flavor. When sautéing, use high heat for a very short time, and steam or simmer foods and quickly as possible. Use little salt and more water. Summer offers abundant variety and the diet should reflect this.”
Focus: Action, Activity, Spontaneity, Love of self/others, Laughter, Magic, Connection, Socializing, Spirit
Summer Wellness Affirmation:
“I know who I am; I am full of joy, gratitude, worth and love.”
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