April Crowell, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CN
Summer, the season of the Fire Element, has arrived! The days are long and the bright sunshine invites us outdoors to work in our gardens or play in the sun. It’s a season of activity and joy. All seasons represent the possibility for change in our lives. We can fight their energetic nature or we can use the season’s blessings for our own growth and benefit…and summer has so much to offer.
Why the seasons matter
In Asian medicine’s 5 Element Theory each season (Spring, Summer, Late Summer, Autumn and Winter) possess their own energetic dynamics and movement of Qi (energy). They ebb and flow from one to another. Understanding the energetic nature of each season helps us to adapt so we move gracefully from phase to another. For example– knowing that Spring’s climate is wind, helps those that are susceptible to wind conditions such as epilepsy, headaches, anger, and allergies to take appropriate precautions to not be as easily affected by the condition. Winter, encourages us to rest and be introspective, to consider our deepest selves–whereas, Summer invites us to expand and be active. We need not hunker down or fear each season, rather having awareness can help us become flexible and adaptive, we can embrace and benefit from the virtue and blessings each season rather than fight them.
|Sound||Laughter–including laughter at inappropriate times|
|State of growth||Maximum growth|
|Odor||Scorched or burnt|
|Yin organ & time||Heart: 11am-1pm & Pericardium: 7-9 pm|
|Yang organ & time||Small Intestines: 1-3pm & Triple Warmer: 9-11 pm|
|Body tissue||Blood vessels and the Blood|
|Emotion||Joy or lack of Joy|
|Virtue||Ability to create quality relationships and interactions with others, propriety|
|Vice||Inappropriate relationships and boundaries, victimization|
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