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How To Get Along with the Long, Hot Summer

About six months ago many of us were shoveling snow and complaining about the bitter cold, saying how we couldn’t wait for summer. Now many of us are moaning and groaning: “Another hot, sunny day – how oppressive!” I guess that goes to prove the old adage, be careful what you wish for.

National radio shows have been interviewing me on tips to beat the heat. See, that’s the problem right here, in the words, beat the heat. We have to be more zenlike, pacifistic in our approach instead of macho Western. Instead of beating the heat, we need to get along with it! When a powerful force is hitting us head on, it is best to yield and redirect that force. Relax the body and the joints, yet keep the mind centered. The idea is to be stable and flexible at the same time.

Every season has its nature and purpose. We need to reflect on our purpose especially when we are so strongly affected by the weather. Heat rises up as does our Qi or life force. We might ask ourselves what is blocking our Qi from rising up and circulating throughout our body? Qi is actually IQ spelled backwards. Let’s use our mind to restore our body. We can absorb, internalize and change. Comprehension and application support each other. The weather doesn’t adjust to mankind. We adjust to the weather. Let’s not fight the heat; simply flow with it.

Here are some tips to coexist with the heat:
Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WGBB AM1240 in New York City , produces a weekly wellness newsletter, and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media.
To learn more visit: www.turnonyourinnerlight.com

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