In Chinese Medicine theory there is a fifth season – Late Summer. Melbourne seems to be experiencing an endless summer at the moment.
This is the fourth season in our blog series on Emotion – the Emotions of Summer. You can read the past seasons here: Autumn, Winter and Spring. Chinese Medicine associates Summer with the colour red, the element Fire, the Heart and Small Intestine organs and the emotion of Joy.
In Chinese Medicine theory our Qi, or vital energy, travels through the body’s internal organ system in a cyclic ebb and flow.
After a mild autumn, winter hit with a bang. This winter has been full of frosty mornings and rainy days. Chinese medicine associates winter with the Water element, Kidney Qi, the colour blue and the emotion of fear.
Last year we discussed the importance of building up your immunity and Qi when Autumn begins and Summer wains (you can read more on that here.) In Chinese philosophy we are also affected by seasonal change emotionally; a deeper understanding of this can help us live more harmoniously with the seasons.
Spring is an amazing time in the garden, as Yang emerges from the extremes of Yin we see blossoms and growth everywhere. Liver energy is highest during Spring giving us the momentum to move forward into Summer and the opening of the heart energy.
The health benefits of broths are far reaching, in fact Sally Fallon has written a 300 page book on the subject (we highly recommend it , you can find on the reception desk!) Bone broth is an amazing rich source of protein and minerals.
From the sudden growth of Spring, Summer is born. Wood turns into Fire, the utmost of Yang. The rapid growth of Spring slows slightly to a more sustainable rate, the gardens are full of produce and life is ideally a little easier.
Spring – Time for Renewal According to the philosophy of Chinese medicine we are all part of the makeup of the natural universe, intricately connected to the flux of the season. Whilst winter was a time to conserve energy and rest, spring is a time of sudden growth and regeneration.