And boy, have you ever tried to sit in peace and meditate when even after your morning shower you can feel a bead of sweat slowly making its way down your back, all the while the warmth is already pushing at you from all sides … and all this before 7am?
Well, if you have mastered the art of sitting under these conditions without wanting to scream and jump into your neighbours kiddy pool, please share your secret with us!
If of course you live in a tropical or desert climate and are used to temperatures on the hotter side of warm please forgive those of us who melt like sugar in the sun when the seasons change.
So, all this said, how do you stay cool during summer?
Here are five tips on how to stay cool and keep your peace!
Yoga Moon Salutations are wonderful to cool the body and mind, make your back strong and flexible and open your hips. All things that help you sit comfortably in meditation.
Moon Salutations slowly performed before bed or before you sit in mediation during the summer can help you balance not only your internal temperature but keep you calm and balanced as well.
2. Eat foods that keep you from overheating.
The best preventative care during the summer to stay cool and keep a level mind is to eat foods that are cooling in nature. Choose foods that have a sweet, bitter or astringent taste, like fresh berries, plenty of fresh dark greens as well as Aloe Vera juice. You can combine all these in a delicious cooling green smoothie.
Avoid foods with a sour, pungent or salty flavour, salty being the most heating and least desirable. Take note that these are the flavours most commonly found at a bbq. That’s just the paradox of summer.
3. Skip the candles.
I know, it’s sad. You probably have your own ritual around your meditation practice and it likely includes lighting a candle for ambience or ritual purposes. So do I. But I will encourage you to skip the candle during the hot summer months. Even lighting a tea light for ten or twenty minutes can raise the temperature in your meditation corner by three degrees Celsius or more.
4. Soak a dish towel in cold water and lay it around your neck.
The moist towel will provide a pleasant cool sensation all throughout your meditation practice so your body temperature won’t rise while you sit in peace.
5. Choose the right mala.
Unless you have a very specific reason to practice mantra meditation with a mala that contains heating stones or seeds, opt for one made of cooling gems to wear and meditate with during the hot time of the year.
Such cooling gems are Pearl, Quartz, blue Sapphire, blue Topaz or Sodalite, Amethyst, certain hues of Agate and also Fluorite.
Meditation should never be forced. If you find yourself sitting in a very hot apartment and the thought of sitting still without movement makes you feel uncomfortable, grab your mala and go outside for a walk in the early morning or late evening when the temperature has cooled to a pleasant level.
You can silently repeat your mantra while walking or simply become very aware of your environment and nature around you.
There is no one way to do it right and intention counts for a fair bit. Make it work for you. And stay cool!
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