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Into the Fire we Go!: Tips for Staying Balanced in Summer

Summer / Fire Element

The best place to start learning about the Fire Element is by clicking the blog post above, which gives an overview of the element.
Then, have fun scrolling down to learn more about Fire and how to keep your own Fire Element balanced!

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 some tips you can follow if after watching the video, you think your Fire Element could use some nurturing. Enjoy!...

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; now it’s the time when relaxation, community, gathering, and fun, will be more appropriate to the season. We are a...

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, how it all connects, and a few things we can all do to help keep a little more joy alive...

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 relationships, and an overall happier “shen” (spirit, mind). So I’m going to give a seasonal “recipe” for a balanced Fire...

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 of foods, but I will use this week’s “Wisdom” to go into more detail. The most important thing to understand when...

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 to make sure we’re getting these needs met. I promised I wouldn’t be talking about the liver anymore (but I...

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 the 40’s, and in those days, not much besides potatoes, potatoes, and more potatoes (ok, and some cabbage) grew or...

  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 is shining brightly, it illumines our path and the road ahead of us is clear.  Our actions and words...

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 her Life Coaching practice); somehow maintaining her joy in the midst of challenges, the unknown, and what must be hours,...

So I got your attention, eh? Nothing like a good scandal to increase the readability of my posts!  ;-) But seriously…I did fall in love again this week…over a bowl of Cauliflower Cheese soup, and yes, the man is married. He is the famous Jamie Oliver, and if you haven’t heard of him, please inform yourself! Because by following his playfulness, inspiration and guidance, your life will become healthier and way more fun. As my...