Summer/Fire Element

Summer is Here! Time to Nurture your Heart Fire

May 20, 2018

We’ve arrived!  The sun is bright!  The days last seemingly into the night and a playful feeling fills the air. Most of us long all year for summer, and finally, finally, it is here.  We are energized, invigorated, and connections and fun with loved ones is the norm. What is it about this season of […]

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Summer/Fire Element VIDEO: Are You Stuck in, or Can’t Get Into, Your Own Fire Element?

July 7, 2017

Welcome to Summer, the Fire season, and my latest video in my 5 Elements series!  This one focuses on the Fire element, and while there’s way too much to say about each element to fit into a short helpful video, I cover three vital aspects and functions of the Fire energy, and leave you with […]

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Out of the Wood and Into the Fire: Tips for Keeping your Fire Element Balanced This Summer

June 19, 2017

We’ve made it through the Wood season! According to Chinese Medicine, we’re entering the season related to the Fire Element, which corresponds to the Heart and to Summer.  As opposed to the Wood season, which was all about setting goals, independently forging ahead through whatever blocked our dreams from coming to fruition, and steadfast discipline; […]

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The Fire Element, Robin Williams, and Suicide/Depression

August 15, 2014

In the wake of Robin William’s death, and the utter sadness I know so many of us share over the loss of this beautiful spirit, I felt moved to write a post from the perspective of the 5 Elements—explaining how depression fits in, what it means that we’re in the middle of the Fire element, […]

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A Powerful Recipe to Nourish and Cleanse your Heart/Fire Element

August 3, 2011

Being that we’re now in summer, the season related to the Heart/Fire element, after an emotionally impactful event this week I’m inspired to focus a post on the connection between our words — or what we communicate — and our Heart/Fire Element. A Fire Element that is vibrant and strong leads to more joy, better […]

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What to Eat now that Summer is Here

July 13, 2011

  Many of you have asked me “What should I be eating now that it’s summer?”  While of course this is going to depend on your individual Chinese Medicine diagnosis, there are a few overarching guidelines that most people can follow. In my general article about the Fire Element and Summer, I addressed the topic […]

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Proof that Relaxation, Fun, and Intimacy are Essential to our Health

June 29, 2011

Now that you’ve all read about the Fire Element and its relationship to the heart and Summer, lets talk about some specifics of what I see in the clinic when people don’t have enough fun, relaxation, and intimacy in their lives. I’m hoping that reading about the symptoms that occur will serve as a reminder […]

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An Orange in December…

August 17, 2010

Despite my complete irreverence towards the story, something my mother mentioned several times when I was growing up managed to stick with me. And as things go (darn it!), the older I get the more I come to appreciate the message behind her words. :-/ She grew up in a tiny town in Denmark in […]

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Clarity is Power

July 28, 2010

We are in the height of the Fire season.   Another trait of the Fire Element that is just as important as the joy, communion, and fun that I wrote about in the Summer/Fire newsletter, is the trait of Clarity. It is the illumination of our Fire that brings clarity to our passions.  When our Fire […]

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Interview: Meagan O’Nan,The “Mistress of Happiness” Creating Your Heaven on Earth

July 14, 2010

For two years I’ve been friends with Meagan O’Nan, and throughout that time what has impressed me the most is how she effortlessly flows through huge undertakings (the starting of a non-profit that has been taken up by school systems in Mississippi, the writing of her published and soon to be published books, and developing […]

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