Summer is now upon us with the hot season running from July to October and it brings sunshine, heat, humidity, energy, stimulation and focus. In balance at this time of the year, we are articulate, courageous, show sharp intellect and are content with who we are and where we are going. However, most of us will also feel some negative effects in the warming atmosphere – irritability, frustration leading to increasing unreasonableness and outbursts of misdirected anger. And furthermore, such emotional responses can also create or reflect unwelcome physical reactions. So, it is important we manage the change of season and find ways to stay cool.
Ayurveda is the ancient science of natural health and its fundamental principle is about having a balance in order to enjoy and live your life well. Central to the philosophy is the understanding that there are three governing doshas (dynamic energies if you will) which, combined in numerous ways, make up every natural thing in the universe – including our four seasons. The doshas are known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha and to ensure harmony, it is key that they are equalised wherever possible.
Pitta is the element that governs your metabolism and transformation in the body including digestion. Signs of Pitta overload include heartburn, excessive body heat and sweating, skin rashes, acne, excess stomach acidity and ulcers – not particularly pleasant ailments to endure when you want to be up early enjoying beautiful morning sunrises or perhaps sat outside relaxing in the long evenings.
Fortunately, from the balanced Ayurvedic perspective, we can stay cool and pacify an aggravated Pitta with some small and simple adjustments to your lifestyle ….
Long working hours, frequent time pressures focussed around unrealistic deadline-orientated activities, coupled with trying to look after the needs of your family and friends as well as have some semblance of a life of your own all contribute to a stressed out Pitta – and we end up being more demanding on others and on ourselves.
So step back. Sit down. Breathe. Take time for you. Figure out a way to balance work with leisure in the months when you should be enjoying yourself the most. Build in some time for play. Sleep with your windows open. Ease back. Make time for fun. Chillax. Turn down the temperature of your mind and stay cool this summer. And remember – it’s all about balance.