“Fire is related:
with the energy of Heaven through Heat
with the energy of the Earth through Fire
with the energy of man through the blood vessels ”
Taken from the So Wen
In Autumn we slowed down the pace, in Winter we let the body-mind rest, in spring we have seen our ideas sprout and flourish… now is the time to to mature!
L’estate is the season comparable to maximum growth to which the person can ever aspire, to the shining period in which man finally reaches the physical and mental maturity.
We have reached the maximum stage That of our life and the time has come to reap the benefits. The element associated with this season is in fact the fire.
In this article we discover together how to live the summer in the best possible way according to traditional Chinese medicine and yoga, learning about this wonderful element and its four Meridians.
Summer in Chinese Medicine
In Chinese culture, summer is represented by theFire element, from the South and from two pairs of Meridians: Heart / Small Intestine e Master of the Heart / Triple Warmer.
If we think of fire, 99.9% of the image of a nice bonfire or a comforting fireplace will appear in our minds.
Fire was the first physical element that allowed a real one transformation physical and mental of the human being.
It is precisely the fire that, in ancient times, allowed us to get out of the shadows, fears and frightening night anguish, not only by creating a mentally favorable environment but also physically defending ourselves from predators.
Fire, then, is the first “external digestive process” that allows us to process nutrients in a functional way. There cookingin fact, it transforms complex chemicals into simpler ones.
The season of joy
Summer is the symbol of lightheartedness, of the freedom (even more intimately perceived this year) and of the joy.
Not surprisingly, the emotion connected to this Element is precisely joy.
Joy is called in Chinese Medicine and Qi Gong Xi Le (Joy).
The first ideogram represents an opportunity for party, such as a birth or a marriage, while the latter is the representation of a ancient ceremonial with music. Joy is a source of joy, movement, circulation, but it must never be an emotion that makes us feel exhausted.
You know those laughter that, in the long run, make us feel exhausted even by that irrepressible joy? Here, I was talking about this ☺
Ours Shen, the multiple spirits that inhabit the body, love quiet places and, in order not to let them “escape”, joy must also be a feeling in balance with our body-mind as a whole.
The Meridians of the summer
In the Fire Element we have not one, but two pairs of Meridians: Heart / Small Intestine and Master of the Heart / Triple Heater.
While the first two are easily traceable to the organs / viscera of reference, the latter are difficult to associate with something physical in the body.
The Heart is seen as the governor, theEmperor of our body that wisely rules the empire, keeping the peace.
The Small Intestine, on the other hand, resembles the officers who maintain relations with the influential people of the kingdom, exchanging relations and objects with them.
While the Heart interprets and integrates, the Small Intestine separates the pure from the impure, keeping what we need.
The Master of the Heart is there Royal Guard, associated with the pericardium. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is that Yin organ (in our medicine it is not considered an organ) without which we cannot live. If in balance, it protects the Heart from excessive stress.
The Triple Heater is the thermostat of our body. It controls thermoregulation, but also the immune and lymphatic system.
It lets not only blood and lymphatic fluid circulate, but also ideas.
Their joint function is to protect and let it circulate where necessary.
How to recognize imbalances
Having a total approach to the person (again according to TCM), there are gods signals clear that define an imbalance of the Fire Element, either in excess or in defect (which can be perceived through a diagnosis of the wrists by an acupuncturist-surgeon or an evaluation by a Shiatsu operator).
The complexion of the face of a person with Fire imbalances, is always tending to one red gradient or to ashy (in case of total lack of a rosy complexion).
Not surprisingly, the color of this element is red.
“The Heart governs dialogue”
The tongue (understood as dialogue) is closely linked to the Heart. Through the word we express ourselves in the world and a possible problem of stuttering O confused pronunciation it can be associated with a dysfunction of the Heart Meridian.
The Shen of the Heart is Shen, awareness. How could we ever express ourselves and make ourselves understood, if there is no awareness of ourselves?
“Red is the color of the South, it pervades the heart and ears”
A dysfunction of the Small Intestine Meridian can cause pain problems ears, come tintinnii, ronzii and many hearing abnormalities.
The sweating it is essential for the maintenance of our homeostasis.
But if you were to suffer from excessive or even deficient sweating, there will most likely be a deficit / excess in the Triple Heater or the Fire Element in general.
I dreams recurrent of those who have Fire imbalances, have as their object fiery landscapes, they dream live flames and, often, yes ride without control.
- Heart: 11-13
- Intestino Hold: 13-15
The Heart is active at peak times of the sun and in the hottest phase of the day. At these times, you have to leave rest your heart and do low intensity work.
The hours of Tenue are those of the “pennica”. In these hours, in fact, it is appropriate to leave rest the body to ensure that this Meridian can do the “filtering” work calmly.
- Master of the Heart: 19-21
- Triple Heater: 21-23
The hours of Mastro del Cuore are those in which it would be appropriate to reunite with loved ones and take care of the personal relationships, while from 21 to 23 it is appropriate to go to sleep, in order to allow a correct and homogeneous flow and circulation of Qi.
How to support yourself with Traditional Chinese Medicine
You know by now that I am a huge fan and supporter of complementary medicines.
I specifically call them complementary and NOT alternative, because they must not be a substitute for an allopathic treatment, but as a further support to our pharmacological / surgical medicine.
L’Acupuncture (always practiced by a Doctor-Surgeon), lo Shiatsu, the Tuina, the Gua Sha, the Moxa and the Cupping they are all useful means to support the healthy energy of the person and to restore the correct flow of Qi in the energy channels.
The foods recommended in this period are: the glutinous millet, the vegetables common leafy greens and foods with bitter taste such as coffee, tea, cocoa.
How to support yourself with Yoga in the summer
Word of the day: to integrate.
How can we, microcosm, be the healthy and fluid expression of the macrocosm without integrating multiple limbs?
The search for well-being passes through different ways:I listen, l’observation, i physical treatments (Shiatsu, Acupuncture, etc.) and the movement.
It Yoga it is a valid support to stimulate and lengthen our Meridians (or Nadis) in order to free any obstructions and allow a constant and continuous flow of Energy.
The position that goes the most to open the Heart / Small Intestine energy channels is Baddha Konasana, while for Master of the Heart / Triple Heater we find Baddha Padmasana.
In Baddha Konasana, tied corner position, we place ourselves in a simple sitting position, with the soles of the feet against each other and the knees relaxed to the sides and towards the ground.
We place our hands on the soles of the feet and bring the torso leaning forward (without lifting the ischium from the ground and without forming a C with the column, but always maintaining the sky-earth extension from the coccyx to the top of the head).
Let’s stay here for a few breaths.
Now we can try to bring the elbows facing forward, in order to stimulate the deepest and most hidden area of the arms, right where the Heart and Small Intestine pass.
In this practice, try to focus on the idea of expanding your heart forward and “opening yourself to the world” with awareness.
In Baddha Padmasana, tied lotus position, we can place ourselves either in a simple sitting position or in the lotus, Padmasana.
Let’s stay here for a few breaths. When we feel it, we bring the palms of the hands resting on the knees (left hand on right knee and vice versa), or to interlace the fingers behind the back and bring the torso forward with the idea of resting the forehead on the ground.
In this case, the column forms a C, but the ischium continue to remain firm on the ground.
Bring attention to the breath and the idea of being connected and protected in your ego.
Recognize that you are part of a whole.
What sensations did you feel during these two small practices?
Do you think focusing on an intention may have changed the practice?
In my personal journey of knowledge, I realized how much she is ideas create the reality in which we live and influence our vision of the world. Knowing each other and focusing on a “mantra” allows us to change, not only ideally, but also practically our world.
Start with small steps, bring attention to a single breath, broaden your vision, choose to create your reality by bringing your person into the world with awareness and feeling protected in your ego.