Late Summer is the shortest of all seasons, lasting only a handful of weeks. However, its importance is paramount! Think of what happens in Nature during this time of year. There is one last burst of growth before Earth prepares for harvest time. During this time, we take in, nurture ourselves and one another and find time to be still and find our center.
Try these tips to achieve a better state of Stomach and Spleen balance this season:
1. Eat Seasonal Produce: Farmer’s markets are in full-swing in late summer, with produce (often organic) that is locally grown. Give up meat for a week, and instead stock up on fresh fruits and veggies. Peruse the recipe section of our Website for guidance or get creative on your own. Why not grill some cauliflower or chop up an avocado and mango salad? See where your creativity takes you!
2. Nurture Yourself and Others: Shower yourself and those around you with positive, loving thoughts. Try something new (take a sculpture class or paint a bench for your garden) and watch yourself blossom! Or take a road trip to an interesting location. Think about why you chose this place and how it may help you connect to your deeper self.
3. Get Lost in Nature: We are often so busy in our daily routines that we lose sight of our deep connection to Nature and Spirit. Take some time each day to walk in Nature. Find something in Nature that captures your attention and study it intently. Recognize that everything in Nature is an energy being, just as you are. Let that connection flood your being.
4. Don’t Worry, Be Happy! Worry greatly impacts Stomach and Spleen function. When you come to a worrisome situation, take a step back and breathe deeply. Try to look at the situation from a different perspective. Remind yourself that everything happens for good, even if its message isn’t automatically clear. Find a reason to smile.