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Late Summer is a Time of Transition
Vivian Takafuji

The end of summer is upon us. It is a time of harvest, reaping what was sown in the ground earlier in the year. It is a time when the peak heat of the year has subsided and we are gradually experiencing shorter days and longer nights. For many kids and their parents, this is a time of preparation for the new school year and reestablishing patterns of work and play.

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It is a time of transition and opportunity to establish the mindset for the rest of the year.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), this is a special and separate “season” when the summer Fire element transitions into the Earth element before transforming into the Metal element in the fall. “Late summer” could be interpreted as nature’s balance point between the expansive (Yang) energy of spring and summer, and the inward (Yin) energy of fall and winter. The ancient Chinese modeled their lifestyles around the cyclical changes in nature. The Earth element represents a center/middle orientation and corresponds to the organs of digestion, namely the spleen and stomach.

This is a good time to focus on eating healthier and optimizing digestive function.

Whole grains and yellow/orange vegetables such as squash and pumpkin are great foods to supplement the energies of these organs.

This is also a good time for us all to take a slight pause and reflect on where things are in our lives.

There is much to be grateful for despite feelings of despair over the past and anxiety of the future. There is something to be said for living in the moment. Perhaps the time of late summer can serve to teach us this lesson.

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Thriving Magazine September 2022 Issue 15

September Thriving Magazine • Issue 15

September is Self Care Awareness Month and our September issue of Thriving magazine is focused on just that… With an emphasis on setting yourself up for aging with vitality. The choices we make today will have a huge impact on our future selves, and we want to help you lead healthy, strong and energetic lives. Enjoy!

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