Moving through the cleansing season of upward, expansive planning and pushing towards a new life (Spring), we now head towards the transformation, joy and laughter of Summer!
Summer is associated with the element of fire and, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, fire is associated with warmth, transformation and dynamic, sparkling movement. Summer brings fire through the heat of the sun, long days and energised bodies.
It is said that fire rules your heart, circulation and your small intestine. We can nurture these by avoiding toxins and eating nutritious food. Of course this is always important but in summer it is particularly important because of the work the small intestine is doing to pull nutrients out of your food and build up your blood, which then gets circulated to your heart and the rest of your system.
What does all this mean for you?
- ‘Tis the season for cardiovascular exercise!
- If you feel overexcited or overcommitted, it is time to eat cooling foods such as cucumber & watermelon.
- If you feel you have a lack of activity or animation, it may be time to try warming foods such as ginger, citrus & cherries.
- Embrace your lifestyle rituals and sleep well: in bed by 10pm and rise with the sun!
- Focus on your practices of gratitude and love.
- Be aware of the nutrient density of your food and lifestyle.
Without even knowing it our lives follow the rhythms and cycles of nature and when our elements are in balance for the season we live in harmony and disease can not exist. Throughout history, contact with nature has been viewed as beneficial for health and wellbeing. The concept of elements – wood, fire, earth, water and metal – are deep-seated in the ancient Indian healing tradition of Ayurvedic medicine as well as in Traditional Chinese Medicine. If you are interested in further understanding how these ancient concepts impact your health and well being you may like to explore Ayurvedic wisdom and Traditional Chinese Medicine .
Eating for the season
For Australian residents you may find this site a useful guide as to which fruits and vegetables are in season in your area. And this site is an overview of citrus (& also explains why I see lemons from America in the shops). Anyway… for West Australians, this is a summary of what is in season:
Apples (Royal Gala), avocados, apricots, bananas, cherries, grapes, mangoes, melons (rockmelons and watermelons), nectarines, oranges (Valencia), passionfruit, pawpaw, peaches, plums and strawberries.
Beans (climbing & dwarf), beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrots, celery, chillies, cucumber, lettuce, onions, parsnips, peas, potato, pumpkin, radish, rhubarb, silver beets, spring onions, squash, sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips, zucchini.
Have you noticed yourself living within the natural rhythms of nature, like cleansing in spring and embracing transformation in summer?
Are you keeping an eye on where your food is grown?