Today we celebrate the longest day of the year, the most yang in nature, Summer Solstice. At 6:07am Eastern Time on June 21, the sun will be directly above the Tropic of Cancer (23.5° north latitude), and will yield shorter days to come until we return to Winter Solstice. The sun has climbed to its highest point for all of us that live north of the equator and will cast its rays most broadly. According to Chinese Medicine, heavenly energy will descend and earthly energy will arise, creating abundance in all forms of life. In order for us to harmonize with the Summer, we must alter our lifestyle, which includes but is not limited to, diet, activity, relationship with the environment, and engaging our senses.
Self-care is both a mindset and an ongoing process, not a one-time effort. While it may seem inconvenient at times, actively setting and achieving health goals is an invaluable investment that is critical to fulfillment and longevity.
“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.”
Today the Lunar New Year begins as we welcome the Yang Earth Dog, the eleventh sign in the Chinese zodiac. As we emerge from the Year of the Yin Fire Rooster, where much volatility, chaos, and unsteadiness were pervasive, many significant changes are expected this year.
The energy of the Dog encourages us to remain focused on our goals and not give up. However, it is important to know that this devotion to remain fixed on who we aspire to be can only be achieved through kindness and ethical means.
Negative emotions can present themselves at any stage in life for a multitude of reasons. Consequently, they can have a negative impact on your body and overall health in a variety of ways. Incorporating acupuncture into your health regimen can assist in the diffusion of negative emotions and mitigate long-term, harmful effects.