Summer has officially arrived!
Most of us here in The States will have extremely hot weather to deal with sometime during the next few months.
Being outside gives you freedom, fun, and connection to community and to nature…….all of which improve the quality of our lives. We also get more natural Vitamin D from the sun, which decreases feelings of depression.
We are a ‘Goldilocks’ species. We want things just right…..not too hot, not too cold, not too bright, not too dark, not too hard, not too soft, etc. So, when we get too much of a good thing, in this case very yang sun and heat, we naturally follow the Feng Shui principle of balancing those with the following yin energies:
1. Cool It Down – How great does an ice-cold drink taste when you’ve been out in the sun! It cools the body down quickly, without causing cramping. Add a cold compress on the back of the neck and you have another quick way to cool off. Other avenues of using the yin quality of cold…..fans & air conditioning. Right now, it is 104 degrees here in metro Atlanta, GA, and believe me….those two are lifesavers! And let’s not forget the popsicle. Yes, ice cream works well too, but popsicles are the ultimate traditional summer cooler.
2. Get Wet – Swimming or relaxing in a cool body of water, or at least having the spray of water on you, is the most fun way to cool off. Did you have a Slip ‘N Slide growing up or remember running through the sprinklers? What a quick & inexpensive way to cool off a bunch of hot kids (OK, adults too)!
3. Go to the Dark Side – Shade is a welcoming yin element, whether poolside, on the deck or front porch, or with an umbrella strolling down the street. Were you ever told to close the drapes and keep the lights turned off to keep the house cool? Growing up in a house without A/C, this was a mantra used by my parents. Darker areas are a welcomed relief from the brightness and heat outside.
4. Nap Time – This is my favorite yin remedy and encompasses a whole lot of yin for your buck – a quiet location, soft chair, bed or hammock, more horizontally positioned, in a shaded area with a cool breeze, and maybe a cold drink at the ready…sheer perfection!
So, the next time the heat of Summer gets to be a bit too yang for you, decide what yin qualities you want to add to your spaces to keep you balanced and happy. I think I’m going to go take a nap!