Late summer is upon us, with its hot, muggy weather and heat-breaking afternoon thunderstorms. Late summer is considered one of the five major seasons in the East, according to the Five Element Theory. This ancient framework of interrelationships describes how we are influenced in mind-body-spirit by different aspects of Nature. In traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we often look to Nature as a guide. All life—human, plant, animal, and Universal—are connected in the larger picture.
Late Summer is a transitional time–nature is undergoing its last burst of growth before harvest. The energy of Late Summer corresponds to the nurturing Earth element. So the next few weeks are an important time for self-nurturing and self-cultivation. This a powerful time for us to fully ripen and transform, using the last of summer’s bountiful energy.
How do these seasonal energies influence our physical well-being? Also associated with the Earth element, the Stomach and the Spleen resonate with Late Summer’s energetic vibration. You can easily assess whether your Stomach or Spleen are harmonizing with the seasonal energies of Late Summer. If this organ pair is low on energy, you may experience nausea, stomach flu, IBS, weight gain, blood sugar disorders, or low energy.
Try these tips to achieve a better state of Stomach and Spleen balance this season.
- If you are experiencing digestive issues or feel fatigued, it is time to start moving away from the excess of raw/cold foods we tend to eat in summer. Use the bountiful produce of the season in cooked stir fries and late summer soups.
- Nurture Yourself: Shower yourself with positive thoughts and self-love.
- Connect to Nature: We are often so busy in our daily routines that we lose sight of our deep connection to Nature and Spirit. Take some time each day to walk in Nature. Find something in Nature that captures your attention and study it intently. Recognize that everything in Nature is an energy being, just as you are. Let that connection flood your being.
- Don’t Worry, Be Happy! Worry is the emotion that greatly impacts the function of the Stomach and Spleen. When you come to a worrisome situation, take a step back and breathe deeply. Ask Lisa Marie for help in developing a daily mind-body practice that works for you.
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