We are moving from spring to summer.
From kapha season into pitta season.
Spring is dominated by the elements of kapha, the water and earth element that possesses a heavy quality. We are moving into the summer and the elements of pitta, fire and water which possesses a more light and sharp quality. The weather will be warmer and for most of us it will bring out the heat in us. Under this season it is wise to indulge in activities that have cool and calm qualities and reduce meals and herbs which possesses heating qualities. This keeps the body and mind from overheating. Overheating can be seen in both the mental aspect and the physical aspect. Pitta can bring out more sharp and heated emotions and inflamed symptoms in the body. If we can’t stop to take care of ourselves, pitta can cause with its very intensity a feeling of stress and having a hard time slowing down. The fire that pitta carries has the ability to transform everything we take in, from what we eat to the impressions we take in in our daily lives. This means that one easily can indulge in too much action and activity, and that is why we try to implement more cooling and calming qualities in the food that we eat and the lifestyle we pursue. As always when there is a change in our environment the change that is happening around us can be sensed in us, we can get overwhelmed by the change or we can let it show us the direction that we should strive for to avoid living a life in imbalance. Moving out from the slow, dull and heavy energy that kapha possesses can be a feeling of relief for many. But if we haven’t managed to take care of our needs that moves us closer to balance, the action pitta brings can make us feel overwhelmed. Everything depends on how well we have been taking care of ourselves during this former season. Have we been able to make decisions that brings more lightness into our lives or have we been swept away by kaphas heaviness.
The transition that happens between seasons is the best time for detoxing. It can be everything from a juice fast, a monodiet, implementing a nourishing excerice routine, a detox from social media to going away for a couple of days to clear our mind and recharge our energy. What YOU need depends on the state of your physical and mental health. The detox is to clear away all of the excess kapha that has been accumulating during spring. Kapha is the dosha which accumulates and stagnates in the body and mind and needs help to be ”flushed out”. We want to clear the excess dosha when entering a new season so the body is in the best state possible. In this way we avoid build-up from the imbalance that may have been created during the previous season. This is beneficial to us when we are being exposed to the qualities that the next season carries, the body and mind will then not be in a vulnerable state and become more imbalanced.
When kapha is in excess it can manifest as a dull and apathetic mind, depression, laziness, attachment, clinging on to certain ideas, behaviours or people and having a hard time to let go in order to make space for something new. In the body an imbalance in kapha can show itself as overweight, water retention and excess mucus production.
The season of pitta brings us the fire element which has the ability to transform. If we for example have had an idea, a wish or a goal we´ve been putting alot of thought in, the season of pitta can help us tranform the idea into action in order to begin the fruition. But this needs to be done in a calm and harmoniously way, away from stress and the need to perform and achieve.
The elements of our surroundings, which in this case relates to the different seasons, has a powerful influence on our inner state of wellbeing. Perhaps you have felt how a destructive enviroment has impacted you both physically and mentally as opposed to being surrounded by loving people. Even though the seasons isn´t destructive in its on nature, we still need to learn to listen to the condition which our body is in, to be able to act accordingly and not be swept away by the powerful elements in our enviroment. Summer is a time were many of us enjoy the months when the sun brings us warmth. Especially in the north where the months of summer are few. What we decide to do with the strength of pittas possibility to transform is needless to say up to us. Do we direct our energy to only pleasures and indulging in situations which do not support our growth? Do we stress trying to make time for all the things summer has to offer? Or do we use the power of this season to move forward in a more calm pace and direct our energy to bring our positive intentions into fruition?
During pittas season we would gain on introducing a more calm and harmonious way towards ourselves and our daily chores and routines that our every day lives consists of. By doing so the possibility exists to in a way neutralize the building up of heat within us, which easily can create more stress and eventually burn us out. The happenings of summer can make us direct our focus towards everything we should manage and find time for. But if we manage to change our course and instead focus on working towards the well-being that we find through remaining centered and in our state of inner peace , we can then much easier begin to notice the moments stress begins to take over our lives. And in that moment we can find our way back to our inner calmness and be present here and now.
To cool down the body we can use aloe vera juice, mint tea or cilantro to keep us cool during the hot months of summer. Activities like yoga, meditation or breathing excerices helps us calm our nervous system and keep the mind calm and cool.
So once again we have the possibility to choose to listen to what our body is telling us in order to understand what we need right now to begin our journey towards a more balanced way of living.