Late summer is the lingering heat, the flip, and the cusp of rotation in polarity made spherical. Before the cold winds of autumn and the lush expansion of summer, we have a silent pause before the wheel turns. Late summer is the warmth and the lethargy that the heat of summer has induced. It is the timeless pause that seems to last forever yet end so soon. The paradox of time in the timeless.
The organ of late summer is the spleen and its gland is the pancreas. The spleen is our mind: our ability to think, to chew, to ponder, to masticate, and to exercise good judgement. The mind sets the conditions of our muscles and a mind that is rigid and stuck in its ways will chew all the air out of the muscles, making them dense and stiff. It is always good judgement to ensure that the muscles are porous, that the mind has access to visions outside of its frame of reference. This is why in summer it is important to go out, to work with others, to understand life through someone else’s lens. It gives us access to another way of being that could show us different sights, giving us new techniques to serve our personal growth. Anything that is born is supple, soft, blowing freely in the wind. As things age and the waters dry out, stiffness and rigidity set in. An old tree will easily crack and break in a storm. A young shoot is pliant enough to move with its obstacles. Our mind manipulates this dialogue, directing the whole show and you want a pliant mind that will get you around your obstacles with the least amount of damage.
In the practice, it is having prescience. To engage the mind to see it coming. It can be anything – a car, a wall, a connection, incoming information that can be used. The minute you see anything coming your way you can do something about it, using yourself to engage yourself. If you don’t see it coming, life will hit you like a brick wall and then the practice will leave you with defeat and bitterness, that you tried but you didn’t get what you wanted. Learn to work smart and not hard. Find the wu wei, the effortless effort, this state of grace where you flow through your circumstances effortlessly.
Drawing by Kat Villain.
Up next in this series: The Descending Reflections of Autumn.