Late Summer - Savoring the Harvest
Late summer, also known as the earth element, is here in all its glory and fullness, and before we know it we will have done our harvesting and will begin the gathering in for fall and winter. This is the season of savoring and a time for sharing. The tables at the local farmers' market seem to literally overflow with produce; we're buying tomato "seconds" to make and can salsa, we've processed our pesto for the season and are making plans for soups and stews to be frozen for winter suppers. Our garlic was pulled out of the ground last week, and not too soon! The foliage of the plants was starting to turn yellow, a sure sign that the bulbs had reached their maturity. I have noticed the yellowing at the road's edge too - deciduous trees have a light yellow cast, and the wild parsnip has just passed its bloom.
In Chinese Medicine the late summer is all about transition and transformation. And that applies to our physical bodies, as well as to our emotion and mind. Good digestion and clear thought can be signs of a healthy earth element. The ability to give and receive emotional support and nurturing is also indicative of health in this season.
In people who struggle with the Late Summer season, thoughtfulness may show up instead as worry, bossiness and small mindedness.