As the last few days of May brought sunshine & heat, I was feeling a little stressed out looking at my calendar for June. I have a packed yoga teaching schedule, 2 full weekends of prenatal teacher training, a research paper to outline, and an Ayurveda midterm to study for. Oh, and we're trying to buy a house - inspections, negotiations, and disappointments abound. All of that is enough to overheat me, but add in the coming of summer and the subsequent accumulation of pitta dosha and just color me red! I really don't like being this busy, but the hustle of "making it" as a yoga teacher requires it at the moment, so I am just sneaking in downtime and ease into my routine as much as possible. And following my own advice for pacifying pitta this time of year.
I rarely feel this way, but I am actually really delighted that June has started with a few refreshing & rainy days. How pleasant that I begin this crazy month with the reminder from nature to stay cool & refreshed. I cut two activities out of my afternoon schedule yesterday, and decided to study and write and snuggle with my dog instead. I could feel the immediate pitta reducing effects of this. No irritability or feeling like I need to rush - just slowness & calm.
June in Portland is often dicey. It's not the time of year to plan an outdoor wedding, or concert, because in all likelihood it will rain. Portland is a great place to be a pitta dosha! The rain naturally cools the heat that is building in the body in June, so once Summer arrives it is easier to find balance. I suspect this June will be warmer and dryer than those in the past, though, so today as it warms up again I am remembering the rain. Visions of waterfalls, the color blue, and lots of cooling food & drinks. Dandelion greens purchased, burdock water infusion steeping, and cutting out that nasty coffee habit...
If you happen to also be a pitta type person, I say embrace what the first three days of June gave us and try to carry it into the 90 degree weekend approaching. Nature just gave us the perfect example of how to stay cool between bursts of heat and intensity. Notice how entering the heat after a few rainy days changes how it feels for you - maybe it doesn't feel quite so intense. Keep following those pitta pacifying rules and your Summer will be refreshingly amazing!