Well, we are clearly past the midpoint of summer and the skies of Belgium has not been spectacular this summer! According the healing methodology of 5 elements in Traditinal Chineese Medicine, summer belongs to the element Fire. It is symbolic of maximum activity or greatest yang, which means that it is a time of heat, outgoingness, and moving outward in nature and in our lives. In human anatomy, the heart, mind, and spirit are ruled by the fire element. Thus, top priority should be given to the heart, mind, and spirit for staying healthy in summer. The organs associated with the Fire Element are the Heart and the Small Intestines.
However, living in Belgium means living in it's excessively damp climate and locations with an immersion in water or exposure to rain!Dampness is associated with the element earth and is most active in late summer.
In the summer the surface pores on the body are open and because summer is humid, the pathogenic factors, which cause diseases in this season always mix with dampness. If you experience abdominal pains, vomiting, intestinal spasms, diarrhea, aching joints, and heaviness in the chest you are in symbols and characteristically heavy and sluggishof dampness. In nature this tend to block the flow of energy throughout the body. "Inner-dampness" is also caused by excess cold consumption of liquor, tea, cold melons, and sweet, greasy foods. These impede spleen functions.
If Your Fire is Out of Balance…
Heart imbalances lead to palpitations, chest pressure ,confusion, anxiety, poor memory, fever, panic attacks, insomnia and incessant chatter. If you are out of balance and notice these symptoms then don't wait to fall sick, schedual your shiatsu appointement today.
Here are some tips on balancing your Fire Energy
-Consider a healthy, nutritional diet, getting good quality sleep and moderate exercise this can keep our physical form at it's best
-Absorb the Sun’s Nourishment
- Eat Smaller Lighter Meals
- Drink Plenty of Water
- Rest to Prevent "Burnout"
- Express Your Joy and Love
- "Light Up" and Don’t Take Yourself So Seriously
- Schedule a Shiatsu, or Private Yoga Session.
-Bitter is the healing flavor associated with the fire element, so add dandelion greens or nasturtium leaves to a salad as this will help boost your immune system and Stay well and balanced!
Did you know that the Element of Fire..
- Provides a home for the Spirit
- Governs the Mind and is responsible for the quality of our thoughts and memory, the state of our consciousness and how well we sleep?
- Is associated with the thymus gland which maintains a healthy immune system?
- Opens into the tongue? The tongue expresses the depth of our heart and physically tells the condition of the heart.
People with a lot of Fire...
Are fun and full of life!
-Love to laugh.
- Are the life of the party.
- Are engaging public speakers.
- Are quite chatty and often speak with their hands.
- Make friends easily.
- Have a special magnetism and charismatic quality.
- Are full of ―bright‖ ideas
- Are a joy to be around!
Smile from Your Heart
According to TCM, your face—particularly your eyes—is the mirror of your Heart. The Heart is home to the
Shen, or spirit, so your face reflects this aspect of your soul. Try this ancient exercise for your Heart:
Looking into a mirror smile at yourself--
really smile at yourself—directly from your heart.
That's it! How simple and yet how difficult this practice is for most people. True smiling from the heart, not just a fake smile, actually has a profound physiological effect. It promotes the flow of Qi and blood throughout your entire body helping it—and your heart—to heal.
Yes, spring is in our midst and we are naturally energized by the warmer temperatures, the burst of growth and the brighter days. Spring is a time of rebirth, revitalization; a time to plant new seeds. We also love to “spring clean” our closets and houses. Clearing out the old, makes way for the new.
The days will get longer and brighter which means more energy for us! We absorb our energetic nourishment from the plants of the earth, the prana in the breath, clear fresh spring water and lots of sunshine. We have been given everything we need to grow. The rest is up to us!
Living close to nature, we clearly see the patterns of energy. In winter, seeds pull their energy inside and wait deep inside the dark earth. Tree sap drops down to the roots in winter. In the same way, our energy goes deep inside to the core of the body, into the seed energy of the Kidneys. In spring, as the earth warms, the inner energy of the seed unfolds, pushes outwards to the sunlight above ground, unfolding it’s wing leaves to blossom and grow. Spring time is liver time in both Chinese medicine and in Western traditions, signaling the time for a “liver cleanse”. According to the theory of 5 Elements, we leave Water (leading in winter) to move towards Wood (element for spring). Spring nourishes the Liver and Gallbladder. This follows the laws of nature. With the energy flowing outwards from deep in the body, appropriate exercise, foods and attitudes help clear any toxins accumulated over the winter, gently helping to clear and renew the organs and tissues of the body, like working the soil in the spring to prepare for the new season of planting. To help our liver for detox , we need to eat « sour » food such as olives, tomatoes, artichoke, spinach, barley, mustard, lemon, grapes…
In spring, the Qi of the Wood Element is strong and moves fast and furiously in an upward direction.This Powerful wood force and energy has many impacts on us and our world :
The earth has once again renewed our faith that the cycle of life continues. A time of new beginnings, renewal, growth, and hope for the future. It is the shift that allows for reawakening, personal growth and future abundance. It gives us the opportunity to start anew. What a gift!
I hope you find my blog inspiring with useful information to keep your spring energies harmonized.
Blessings of joy!
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