Summer has arrived, time to celebrate! Summer is the fire element and fire energy is more warm, active, physical and passionate than any other season. The days are long and light with very few hours of darkness. Nature’s energy is at its peak. Try to match it with yours!
The Fire element is all about heat and energy; a time to live life to the full, stay up later and
get up earlier. A chance to soak up energy from the sun, and absorb oxygen and perfumes
from the outdoors while everything is in full bloom. This is the time to create energy and
power which will carry us into the harvesting of the late summer and then the storing of your
resources in the autumn for the long winter ahead.
Traditionally, summer was the time of year when we all worked outdoors for long hours
spending time in the healthy sun and then, after work, it was the time to; dance, sing and
party, have fun, be in love, with plenty of laughter — the food of the soul, providing the
extra momentum when needed and the feeling of internal joy and happiness! It delights in
the richness of the moment.
The colour associated with the season is red, which has the ability to stimulate the pulse and
heart rate. Hence the saying to ‘paint the town red’, inferring to celebrate and go out partying.
8 Priorities for Summer
1. Try your best to stay at peace and to be compassionate; remember the expression
‘seeing red’? It immediately conjures up the feeling of anger or aggression and involves
some amount of passion. Learn to use passion positively!
2. Try to balance the intensity of living in the moment with an awareness of what follows.
Only take on what you can handle and learn to say “no”. Re-establish some order
so that you; have more calm and rhythm in your life and include some cardiovascular
3. Develop ways you can find contentment through learning to love yourself and believing
you are lovable. If you do not know where to start, meditate on, or think about the things
that you are good at and the things that you have done to make people happy. If you can’t
think of any… go out and do something to make someone happy today. It can be as simple
as a phone call to an elderly relative or telling someone you love them.
4. Take control of your levels of openness with others; stop yourself from saying too much;
discriminate between the different contexts. Know what you want from others and what
they want from you.
5. Learn to let go, forgive and move on; try not to take things too personally. Act and
speak from the heart … with feeling.
6. Find different ways to express yourself such as art, playing an instrument or just sit
and listen to your favourite music turned up loud, and sing along. Voice and speech have
a strong connection to the heart.
7. Exercise; yoga builds stamina and heat in the body. Try a sun salute or three… every
morning for a week; see if you feel any different! If yoga isn’t your thing then go outdoors
for a brisk walk every day, even for just ten minutes!
8. Communication; spend time with others, such as family and friends (with the phone
off). Get in touch with some old friends and arrange to meet once a month in the local
pub or café. Find different ways to communicate with people who you have difficulty in
getting on with; see what makes them tick.
So keep these tips in mind this summer and enjoy living your life to the full!