During the summer solstice your yang energy reaches its peak. It is important to harness the peak of this yang energy, because as summer shifts into fall yang energy will decline. This great abundance of yang energy will translate throughout your body because during this season you are active and growing.
According to five element theory, during the summer the organ that receives extra energy is the heart. When the seasons change so do the organs we should focus on in the body. You should focus on the heart during summer. Feed the heart heart-nourishing foods and make sure to remain active so the heart receives positive energy.
When summertime and the summer solstice arrives it is very important and integral to your body to remain active. An activity such as swimming can be very beneficial. Swimming allows you to move within the cool yin of water and this can assist in balancing the hot Qi that comes with the onset of summer. Make sure to keep your circulation moving to avoid the stagnation that can come from too much heat. This can leave you feeling increased aches and pains, decreased appetite and poor digestion and fatigued.
Its ideal to eat heart healthy, stay health conscious and get plenty of exercise plus restorative time such as yoga and meditation. If you follow those suggestions and enjoy the sun within reason, you will thrive through this and any Summer Solstice.
If you add a little Acupuncture to the mix as well, you're sure to have a nourishing summer season for your body which will help you to prepare for the upcoming fall and winter seasons. Gotta store up that sunshine inside to stay warm through those cooler months!
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Rebecca M H Kitzerow is a Licensed Acupuncturist practicing in La Center, Washington. With over a decade of experience she has won 10 Nattie consumer choice awards from Natural Awakenings Magazine since 2014.