Not only was last Thursday one of the hottest days of the year it was also the longest--in so very many ways. The word solstice comes from two Latin words: the noun sol (sun) and the verb sistere (to make stand still). Given the extreme temperatures, standing still is about the only thing one ought to do. Chinese medicine takes a dim view of excessive heat and its effect on the heart (the organ most closely associated with summer). Heat is understood to harass the heart causing disturbances of the spirit which may manifest as mania, disturbed sleep, and irritability. I fear that I have either experienced or witnessed all of these symptoms in the past 24 hours. Such are the joys of city living. The Yellow Emperor advised that during the summer months we go to bed late, rise early, and nourish the heart with a midday nap. Napping can prove a challenge for many. Cool watermelon juice may be a better option. I have resorted to calling it “soup” and serving it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Rejuvenate with Watermelon SoupPosted by Frances Boswell
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