The Movement of Fire is best seen in the Season of Summer
Symptoms involve the Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium and Triple Heater Meridians
- Out of Balance
- Physical Symptoms: When the fire burns too brightly our minds and hearts are restless with anxiety, our heart beats out of rhythm. The blood cannot flow freely and begins to clog the vessels that hold it. So irregular heartbeat, poor circulation, palpitations, chest pains, Restless Leg Syndrome, and insomnia. Because of the connection between the heart and small intestine, malabsorption issues may also arise.
- Mental Symptoms: nightmares, anxiety, addictions, and deep sadness.
- In Harmony
- The fire energy here is about optimism, heart, and enthusiasm. A fire can burn brightly and quickly, consuming everything, as in a firestorm. Or it can, as in a fireplace, burn evenly, providing warmth for all. In balance, this energy tempers the fires of passion, maintaining the rhythm of our heartbeat, and when grounded and nurtured, awakens the kindness of awareness and compassion.
- Food as Medicine [Vitamin B3 –Niacin; B5 –Pantothenic acid]
- Anything slightly bitter, Brussel sprouts, bitter greens, escarole, dandelion root, hops, pistachios, red lentils, lamb, strawberries, apricots, and persimmons are also helpful for balance.
- Self-Soothing Activities
- Dancing, drumming, singing, cooking, running, sex in moderation, allowing oneself to cry from time to time.
- Swinging the arms clockwise then counterclockwise; eat slower, taste your food, taste life