Appreciation of Cool
It’s a lot easier to appreciate cold in the hot summer months. The other day I saw a weather report for the American Southwest states predicting temperatures over a hundred degrees in Dallas, and 120º in the cities.
The media is full of advice for keeping the heat from being dangerous. Some people don’t realize that heatwaves kill more people than blizzards. Because of the way my mind works I often search simple physics for metaphysical wisdom. We know that the higher the energy, the more molecules spread out causing expansion of air (making balloons float). High energy situations can make us feel stressed, angry. When we say “Chill dude!” we refer to the emotional energy, not the temperature. We may ground and reduce the excess energy to reduce the volatility of the situation.
With people, the closer packed they are, the more higher emotions run- unless focused and directed to a common goal, as in a circle to raise power. During the “stay safe at home” period, many of us are staying in houses together with family and room-mates we are used to sharing space with only a few hours a day, and we experience heightened emotional pressure. Between the higher summer temperatures and the close quarters, it is natural for us to come to appreciate both solitude and the cooler temperatures of other seasons.
We need to carry our cool and calm within, indeed to try to share it with those around us, (as we bless fans and air conditioning). Whether taking meditative journeys to cooler realms or finding inner stillness through various techniques, this may be a good time to explore and master techniques of sharing theme with those around us.