How to Harness the Power of Summer Archetypes with Meditation
As F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in The Great Gatsby, “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
The arrival of summer marks a special time in the seasonal cycles of the planet. Astronomically speaking, summer is the season in which the earth’s rotational axis is tilted more toward the sun, maximizing the amount of sunlight reaching either the northern or southern hemisphere. The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and energy is abundant.
Apart from its technical definition, summer has a host of additional, more figurative qualities that give this season a unique character all its own. Summer embodies many positive emotions and connotations, and due to its special place in the cycle of the seasons, it ushers forth distinctive qualities of consciousness with which everyone can relate. Known as archetypes, or archetypal energies, these elements are deeply woven into each person at the level of the collective soul. It is from this level that you can call upon these archetypes to help you live the life of your dreams.
The following four archetypal energies are fundamental to the summer season. Become familiar with them, and use the meditations to invoke them into your life.
1. Youth and Vitality
The summer is a time of dynamic, abundant energy. With this season, there are distinct reminders and anchors to the affluence of the Universe:
- Long days
- Fresh warm air
- Vibrant colors
- Cool waters
- Smell of flowers
- Fresh grass
Summer is a time for you to feel:
- Ready to explore
The energy of Pitta Dosha predominates during the summer, so the assertive and self-confident aspects of your personality come to the surface, driving you into:
- Lighthearted enjoyment
Capture some of this energy by recalling the freewheeling joy of running through a sprinkler as a child or the fun of a family picnic.
Archetypal energy: Playfulness
Youth and Vitality Visualization
- Find a quiet place to sit down comfortably and close your eyes. If you choose to meditate outside, make sure to avoid sitting in direct sunlight.
- Bring your attention to the sensations of your breath. Do not attempt to control or manipulate your breathing; simply allow it to be natural and effortless. Spend five to seven minutes focusing on your breath and …read more
Source: Deepak Chopra