To offer you support in having *dare I say* a happier, healthier summer season than ever before I’m going to share with you how to apply the concept of “like increases like and opposites bring balance” to your diet, movement, and other lifestyle rituals and routines throughout the month of June.
As a health coach I am keenly aware that some of us love the longer days and some of us strive to avoid the extra heat and sunlight this time of year. Some of us feel a renewed sense of lightness and some of us seek dark, air-conditioned spaces during this season!
Whether you are someone who is hot-natured and can’t wait for winter or someone who has a hard time staying warm in winter and thus relishes the heat of summer (like myself), the seasons need not be an intrinsic source of fluctuating dread and euphoria!
We can live in harmony in our bodies throughout the year by having a basic understanding of the seasons and making minor adjustments to our day-to-day behaviors at the arrival of each new season.
If this idea sounds daunting to you right now trust me when I say...people who get curious and experiment with syncing up their routines with the cycles of creation find that seasonal adjustments come quite naturally - and that a few simple changes can dramatically improve how they feel in their bodies, minds, and emotions.
So, if you are ready to create a little ebb and flow in your habits as the seasons change so that you can experience a majorly improved state of balance in your body and entire life first you must memorize this phrase: like increases like and opposites bring balance. For example, just as you wouldn't turn the heat on in your home in the peak days of summer, it is unwise to increase the heat inside your body when it's hot outside. Remember, while there is plenty to celebrate about each season, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing!
Now, let's move on...
The Personality of Summer - and "Pitta" People
Depending upon your body type, or constitution, the qualities of summer listed above may mirror your own body or they may be the opposite. This is why summertime naturally leads some people toward an internal sense of harmony...while aggravating others.
The characteristics of summer — the heat, the long days of bright sun, the sharp intensity — when combined with day-to-day choices that are too heating/bright/sharp lead to everything from skin rashes, diarrhea and heart burn to emotional anger and irritability.