The Sun will reach its zenith at the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere. providing the most hours of daylight. Across the ages, ancient cultures celebrated Midsummer with fertility and harvest rituals and community events.
We all feel it: that desire to be out doing, connecting with friends and creating the experiences that make summer so memorable.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and 5 Element Theory stems from these Ancient Taoist Wisdoms. The Summer Season connects to the Fire Element in early summer (now) and the Earth Element in late summer, which begins about 6 weeks after Solstice.
The ancient masters studied the naturally repeating phases in nature and connected these rhythms to the human body, mind, and spirit. They observed a direct positive correlation between harmonizing with the outer word’s natural patterns and experiencing better personal health, happiness, and longevity.
The large muscle groups also harness the summer’s high energy, making this an ideal time physical movement, strength training and weight loss or muscle weight gain.
The body’s life force energy, also called qi or prana, also maximizes this natural high tide of blood circulation and can more easily and effectively distribute this life force energy throughout the physical body.
This means we feel more energized, awake, and alive. Since the large muscles of the body are being energized, physically expressing ourselves in the world is most powerful this time of year, making it the season to bring ideas to life with our physical actions.
It’s no coincidence that reunions, family picnics, barbecues, and vacation are so prevalent. It’s a natural time to immerse in community and loving kindness, participating in unabashed silliness and laughter with others.
The energy of the season longs to be fulfilled. Ideas that begin in your head as thoughts represent spirit since they have yet to take shape in physical form. These thoughts circulate through you as life force energy, both stirring up inspiration and recharging you emotionally. Lastly, these thoughts and emotions become ripe for manifestation through the commitment of your physical actions and you see them tangibly expressed in your life.
How can you use this insight to channel this solstice energy? Any projects or ideas been knocking around in the back of your mind? Now is the time to answer the call. Whatever you’ve putting off, embrace it, enjoy it, and make it real!
Summer Solstice energizes the physical body, the emotional mind, and the spirit! Learn to use it wisely to create what you want in your life.