by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
(from his newest book, Lead Us To A Place ~ your spiritual journey through life’s seasons)

Summer is the peak of the yang cycle when the daylight is at its longest. The “summer” time, represents the shaping of our lives.

It is our second quadrant of development from our 30’s throughout our 40’s. It is our greatest introduction and realization of our “selves.”  We usually find our passions, use our power, and find strength in laughter, joy, and humor. We have the confidence to follow our dreams and make them a reality. The summer is more right-brain activities such as focusing on synthesizing or putting together different elements to understand the whole. This too is the time of our lives when we are more able to manage temporal and spatial relationships and are more prone to analyze non-verbal cues we get from others. By this time in our lives, we are better able to communicate our emotions.

Summer is ruled by the Fire element and is expressed in nature, as well as in the body. Growth, joy, and spiritual awareness between the heart and mind are the focus during this season and time of life.

Late Summer is also considered a separate season in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine, as hotter days bring about damper conditions. This time is associated with more pensive and worried emotions, connecting to the Earth element. This too can be seen as our transition from the Summer of our lives to the Fall of our lives.

Our “summer” priorities are focused more on the material things in life and how we can get them. It is part endeavor, part luck. It is wishful thinking and the struggling with love, money, and happiness to obtain strength and success.

“The routine without meaning is the empty life”
~ Edward J. Lavin

Within each season of our lives, we are faced with new challenges, often because of our age or our mindset.  Personal growth tools are those which help us to stretch and learn. They are situations that present themselves in some form or fashion that can either be a natural progression or issues that force us to pay attention.

Hopefully, throughout your life, you will work to improve and benefit from these situations.  We should never stop growing mentally and spiritually.  Our personal growth defines our lives, guides our path, and offers new opportunities.

The “summer of our lives” represents our greatest expansion yet. It is an alignment with love, a connection to our “emotional wisdom,” a greater ability to trust, a stronger yearning for faith, and a time of much more empathy towards others. This is a peaking of ourselves. The grand awakening with an ability to look back in wonder and look forward to more possibilities, yet with boundaries more defined.

An O’ To Summer
~ “O longest day of summer’s light,
I come to honor the sun, so bright
With light of new beginnings grow,
With daylight during summer’s glow
To rise as sunlight does each day,
And offer joy on journey’s way”
~ Andrew Pacholyk MS. L.Ac