The Summer Solstice June 20 -22 is when the Sun is at it's highest point and light remains longest in the northern hemisphere. Summer from the Ayurvedic view is Pitta ~ Fire season.
questing, passion, simmering, explosive, warm, intense, obsessive, competitive, strong acuity, impatience and easy to anger.
Common Pitta activities:
More time to quest after knowledge.
More daylight to participate in a triathlon.
More fuel to consume.
More focus on One's passions.
What to Do When Pitta is On the Rise and Out of Balance:
When the temperature increases so does our internal heat. Our individual constitutions get stuck in one gear and can not regulate the addition of extra light and heat.
Here are some simple heat reducing routines you can do when you feel out of balance, hot and bothered.
Eat light and often. Think vegetables and fruit. Less starches and heavy proteins.
Drinks at room temperature. Ice cold drinks actually make you hotter. Why? Your digestion has to heat up in order to consume the cold liquid. It may not be glamorous sipping a tepid ice tea but your stomach and body temperature will thank you.
Consume your heaviest meal mid day....more time to digest.
Sweating is good. It's your bodies way to cool down. Steam rising to the surface will cool your body.
Essential Oils that are marvelous at cooling; frankincense, rosemary, holy basil, lavender and mint. My CBD Geleé is great for over exertion, heat rash, sunburn sore muscles and joints. I can personalize the gel with any essential oil according to your dosha and presenting issues. Email with your questions and requests; Just Ask M
Nap often. Exhausted from the heat? Cool the body down by taking a nap.
Exercise in the early morning or late afternoon.
Internal heat exacerbates injury or chronic inflammation. When adrenaline or cortisol levels rise in the body; read Stress, internal heat rises which triggers pain. Breathing and taking a break will turn this cycle around.
Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate
One of my Pitta passions is reducing plastic waste. At times my pitta nature can become unbalanced and disruptive when I obsess over something. To illustrate mental induced heat in a body, I'll use my commitment to reduce my use of plastic.
My almost finished tube of Tom's toothpaste got my Pitta mind busy.
How many tubes of toothpaste have I thrown away?
I go through a tube in about 3 months but what about when I was living with others?
I added it up and averaged it through my lifetime of living with partners and friends, reduced by 2 years when I didn't have teeth or I forgot to brush my teeth (omg....I forgot to brush my teeth how many times!!!), figured vacations when I bought a small tube or had two places of residences, sometimes I used a tooth powder although I decided to count that because it was in plastic bottle....
Year to date, I've thrown away 423 tubes of toothpaste. Double Ugh.
Physical response - no appetite, increased heart rate, sleepless, joint pain, headaches
Emotional response - guilt, obsessive behavior, worry
Mental response - over thinking, confusion
Spiritual Response - cooling activity; meditation.
Recognize the pattern?
Hot mess takes on a whole level of meaning when a Pitta induced mental loop brings on physical, emotional and mental imbalances.
Saving grace was my choice to meditate; a cooling activity...essentially cooling the mind.
I held the tube of anti plaque & whitening, spearmint flavor Tom's of Maine in my hands and started to breathe.
Reducing my heart rate, bringing circulation to my joints and head.
Feeling better I opened up my eyes and saw
A Pitta Imbalance Solution
This is manna to my overheated constitution and fuels a positive outcome for my passion.
Take a look at Terracycle.
They partner with many companies that use hard to recycle containers, one of which is Tom's.
All offer package recycling solutions for accumulated convenience waste and contributes to the collective goal of unburdening our earth.
Pitta Exulted....Earth Cooled
Afroz Shah's Date with the Ocean
burn up desires
conscious before the
last is consumed
of the unbearable existence
carried by the wind
a spark flickers low
carried in a vessel
fueled by earth
kindled by passion
nurtured by wisdom