We are traveling well into the Fire/Summertime. It is hot here in Tucson. Today the highs will be in the upper 90s. These desert temperatures can be difficult. Sometimes it feels like I’m melting when I walk outside in the afternoon. The heat manages to get deep inside. We reach for the cold drink. Hot drinks would most likely be better. But what else happens this season?
The organ associated with this time of year is the heart. In Chinese Medicine the heart works optimally when energy flows unobstructed through it. A healthy person manages to nurture the heart so that it doesn’t hold onto anything. That means that the heart is not gathering pains from interaction, communication, self-expression, or the pains of others. Heartbreak is real. We can stay there, or we can allow things to flow through and capture the winds of unconditional love that actually fills our hearts. If we rid ourselves of hurt, pain or bitterness we allow ourselves the possibility of living from an expanded heart of light and love. This is why I end every note with this greeting.
Many of us are working our way down this path. As we move toward a place of light, we get the opportunity to look deeply at what we stored away in our hearts. This season will be the time to heal that next layer.
One of my favorite quotes is of Liu Zhou, a 6th century philosopher wrote that if the spirit is at peace, the heart is in harmony; when the heart is in harmony, the body is whole; if the spirit becomes aggravated the heart wavers, and when the heart wavers the body becomes injured; if one seeks to heal the physical body, therefore one needs to regulate the spirit first.’
When are we most at peace? Is it when we release the endless worry, fear, and anger? You can see how the emotions set us far away from where our hearts need to be. I appreciate how all emotions show up for each person. But the issue is whether we plant them, whether we water them, and whether they grow out of control. Emotions are the human experience- they will not be denied. And the celebration and rituals of our lives need to come from clear hearts toward heaven and earth. Maybe it’s idealism, or maybe we can work and become empty and make it to this peaceful and harmonious place.
This week we will dedicate our Qigong and Meditation toward a free and flowing heart and inner harmony. We will see if we can manage to operate from a place of greater heart clarity and have more loving communication.