In Chinese Medicine, the Summer is associated with the Heart, the Fire element, the Shen(spirit) and joy and laughter. With the arrival of Summer, we are encouraged to open our hearts and inhabit our heart space more fully. If one were to need clarification of what that may look like, see the picture of Siena above!
In the springtime we were in the Wood phase, growing and expanding, preparing for and embracing growth. The garden is a perfect metaphor and realistic manifestation of this transformation as the Wood/Liver energy was preparing the beds, planting the seeds, watching the sprouts emerge and now in the Fire/Heart time we see the flowers revealing their offering, their beautiful, fullest expression.
So, what can we do to cultivate our Heart/Fire energy? We can turn our internal spotlight onto our human heart. By bringing awareness to our heart, we can connect with the benevolent nature of humanity. Relishing kindness, love, and compassion and embracing the playful, joyous nature of our heart energy is a significant and effective way to live life, and much more naturally available to us in these light filled days and firefly sparkly evenings of Summer.
Haiku for Summer:
pink, peach, and rose
petals unfurl from within,
sacred fire burns bright