Summer of Love

When we think of summer, we think of swimming in the ocean, hiking, road trips, travelling, marshmallows over camp fire, beach volleyball, school vacation … it is the longest holiday in the school year, after all.

We think of phrases like “summer of love.”

Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Or songs like Summer Night Loving from Grease.

We all have our memories and feelings about summer.

Summer, according to Chinese Medicine, is about the heart and small intestine and the element of Fire. In the 24-hour clock, the small intestine meridian becomes active after the heart meridian. When I learned this, a light turned on for me. When we know our heart’s desires, burning bright the fire that transforms the water of fear, we can make better decisions, the role of the small intestine organ energy.

First, know what is our truth, your passion … and love. Then make our choices based on that, on connection, community, care, compassion, collaboration, communion.

When we are trying to be something or someone we are not, fulfilling other people’s expectations, reacting to ancestral wounds, and living by other people’s rules, our heart and the heart energy can become injured. (Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help tip : hold your pinky finger whenever you feel like this or for several minutes every day.)

The Heart, in Chinese Medicine, is believed to be where the spirit resides. A peaceful and calm heart allows us to connect with the greater Spirit, for it to manifest in the right time and place. As love and joy. in our relationships.

It is easy to step out of our own natural time, when we live in a world regulated by linear and artificial time.

Yet we know and we feel that it is only a construct. We’ve all experienced an expansion of time, when we are in flow. When we are so attuned to the present moment, and absorbed in our craft, the conversation, our presence, being with someone else…

FIRE ELEMENT

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Get Happy

Play with Fire
See how playing with the elements fire up your happiness. Certified Coach Michelle Ayn Tessensohn talks about the Fire Element and happiness and how understanding and working with this element supports our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
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Agnihotra

Fire as the Answer for Your & the Environment’s Health
Agnihotra is an ancient science for modern healing. It’s practiced throughout the world and its ash medicine is sought after many as it’s shown to heal a variety of ailments. Find out what Agnihotra is about.
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Heart Health

This is What People Aren’t Telling You about Heart Health
Looking at heart health from a different perspective. Heart health goes beyond diet and exercise. Find out what the Institute of HeartMath has gathered from their decades-long research. There are many other levels to heart health than conventionally talked about.
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From Wrath to Fortitude

Invoking Grace
Wrath to fortitude : We look at the teachings of Caroline Myss, Cyndi Dale, and David Hawkins to understand power and love.
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Understanding the Heart Chakra

The heart chakra is the bridge of the seven major chakras of the body. In Sanskrit, this heart chakra is anahata, meaning “unhurt and unstruck”. With a balanced heart chakra, we experience calm and serenity.

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When Being Calm is Uncomfortable

Many people find unease in calm and a lack of stimulation, a sign of poor nervous system regulation. Here’s how to start moving to more ease and build resilience. Tips from complementary health practitioner Antoinette Biehlmeier and TRE® practitioner Diana Ng.
Positive Intention

Skeptical of Positive Intention?

Some people believe in results, not action, and definitely not in trying. Do intentions count for naught? Here are five reasons you may not believe in intentions and one question to ask yourself. It may change your life and your relationships.

LOVE

Be a Love activist

How to Be a Love Activist

Wisdom from Caroline Myss
The season of Summer is ALL about Love. Find out what this means and what a Love Activist is.
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Conscious Coupling

Byron Katie on Love & Our Thoughts About Love
What is conscious coupling when we look at how we seek love and approval? Looking at Byron Katie’s book I Need Your Love – Is That True?
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Care for the Carer

Being caring, compassionate, and loving are the strengths of humanity. What gets missed is the mental, physical, and emotional health of caregivers, including the unsung heroes of those who are the primary caregivers for family members. Who’s caring for them?
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Decoding Our Emotions

One Kind of Intelligence
There are many kinds of intelligence and with more studies in neuroscience we are understanding better the importance of emotions and emotional intelligence. Find out what EQ specialist and co-founder of 6 Seconds EQ Network Joshua Freedman has to share.

Tips on Being Abundant

Abundance comes in many wondrous forms. Whether it is financial abundance or having good friends, attracting abundance is the same. Here are a few tips to get you started.
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Self Care

Is Bubble Baths…and It’s Not
How can self care be bubble baths and not be bubble baths? If you are confused, or angry, about what self care is, have a read.
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Why Gratitude?

The word on being grateful and grateful. Find out how the practice of gratitude is good for your health.

TRAVELLING

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Jet Lag?

Do this
Jet lag happens when we cross timezones. If you struggle with jet lag, here are effective holistic suggestions, from homeopathy to energy healing. Including What Therapy Editor’s Jin Shin Jyutsu tip, and she doesn’t get jet lag!
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Ultimate Packing List

Do you have your trip all planned out? Excited? Maybe you dread packing, maybe you love it! For whatever trip you have, it’s always good to have on hand what keeps you healthy and your trip fun! Find out what mothers, yoga teachers, complementary health practitioners, and coaches pack for their travels to stay healthy.
Alternative Health Kit

All-Natural First Aid Kit

What Complementary Actually Practitioners Use
Ever wonder what alternative, complementary + holistic practitioners add to their first aid kit? Find out what their real-life suggestions are.
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Travelling Well

Not everyone travels well. Sometimes flights delay. Or they get sick on the trip. With a bit of planning, packing the right things, and knowing what to do once you land can make the difference between starting your trip miserable, on the tipping point of sick…or healthy, energetic, and excited.

GETTING OUTSIDE

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Forest Bathing

The Benefits of Being Outside
Forest Bathing is very popular in countries like Japan and Korea. It’s also getting all kinds of research focus in Scandinavia and Scotland. Find out what therapeutic effects being in the woods are and how to get more green in your life.
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Nature

How Much Do We Need?
We intuitively know being in nature and outside is good for us. As we become even more urbanized globally, how much nature do we need to stay healthy, happy, and productive? The Nature Pyramid gives us a menu of choices.
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Barefoot Therapy

How Earthing is the Free & Easy Way to Detox
Going barefoot for health? New research shows that simply being in contact with the earth, and its negative electrons can help people reduce free radicals in the body. Find out how to get grounded and earthed.
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How to Walk Barefoot the Right Way

Tips from Biomechanics Expert Katy Bowman

Walking barefoot has all kinds of benefits. Here are some tips from Biomechanics Expert Katy Bowman on how to prep for it in a healthy way.

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Spatial Orientation for Vitality

Find out what telling our right from our left means for our vitality and energetic efficiency. Spatial orientation also influences our mental level.
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Road to Introspection

What I Learned on the Camino
Guest writer Rebecca Brown shares what she learned on the Camino, the first time she walked it. She’s since walked the Camino twice more.