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…
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