Summer is the season of the heart, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. This time of year, the air is warm, the blood is readily circulating, and our feelings become more palpable as things heat up and intensify! When we align with the season of Summer, our intuition is strong and our hearts project feelings of joy, love, patience and appreciation.
Parmahansa Yogananda sings, “Listen, listen, listen to your heart’s song.”
According to TCM’s 5-Element theory, the ancient healing sound of the heart is “ahhh”, as in Ahhh-preciation. This is the perfect time to be grateful, thankful and appreciate the things, people, and places that make your feel good.
I know from personal experience that when I begin to appreciate whatever shows up, a mind shift happens and a life change occurs. I begin to radiate and generate more goodness for myself. My new focus allows me to see and absorb all I have, and for the moment, I let go of what I don’t have. I notice that the more I love what I have, the more I get what I want!
I want you to have your heart’s desire. What do you love and ahhh-preciate? Maybe a cup of tea, a great song on the radio, painted toes, air conditioning, toilet paper with hearts on it…Generate some fuel for the Summer Fire with a list of the things that make you go “ahhh.”
Keeping a gratitude journal, or what I like to call an “Ahhh” journal, is one of the best ways to retrain your thoughts to focus on what’s going right–instead of what’s going wrong. Studies have shown that keeping a gratitude journal can have many benefits. For example, a study from the University of California demonstrated that participants who kept a gratitude journal complained of fewer physical symptoms, felt happier and more optimistic about their lives, were better able to meet goals, and they exercised more.
Need more evidence??? Be a good scientist and test the hypothesis yourself!
Can you change your focus and change your life experience??
Write down five things you’re grateful for each day for a week and watch what happens. Hopefully some sighing ahhhhs of relief will cool your Summertime.
” Find that magical place in your world , and live there.” -Laura Loukaides