The summer season started yesterday with the summer solstice. It is the season of longer days, shorter nights and abundant energy; this is the season of true Yang. The Yang energy of the season is about expansion, growth, activity and creativity.
In Chinese Medicine, the seasons have different associations; summer is the season associated with the element fire and the fire organs of the Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium, and the Chinese organ called the Triple Burner. As we are surrounded by fun during this time of the year, the emotion of the season is joy, and the sound is laughter.
The Heart houses our spirit and is closely related to our mental activity: emotional well-being, thought processes and general mental activity. This makes summer the best time to cultivate joy and pacify our spirits. When in balance, the mind is calm and sleep is balanced; when out of balance, we may be either depressed or have too much joy, or may be filled with nervous anxiety or insomnia.
It is important over summer to be cautious of over consumption of heavy, greasy foods, as they engender more heat within the body. During the summer season, eating in moderation, and increasing the intake of salads and cooler foods, will help keep the excess heat evil out of the body and maintain balance with summer season.