(Why these are different from the Ayurvedic Elements is a topic for another time.)
The Earth Element can be the most difficult phase of practice for many students because it demands constant commitment yet offers the least instant gratification.
When the yoga stops feeling new and you see less dramatic results, you've transitioned from the exciting and unpredictable Fire Element of practice, into the more stable and less dramatic Earth Element.
The Earth Element phase of yoga practice -- or anything -- yields micro benefits that only grow and compound over time. Without a steady commitment, the results will not manifest.
But a bountiful harvest of any kind requires time, patience, and effort applied first.
And although the Earth Element has fewer immediate payouts compared to other Elements, it has greater long term benefits which make it worth the effort.
Who do you want to be? What do you want to manifest? Create a long term vision of yourself. Include your health, your relationships, your career, and your finances. Touch upon each of your 7 Centers of Personal Power so no aspect of yourself is overlooked.
Use this phase to strengthen your body so you age with grace and good health. Nurture your relationships by setting strong roots and long term plans to move toward over time. Build a career that excites you and will keep you inspired long term.
An abundant harvest requires strong roots, which can't take hold without a focused commitment.
Remember, there are no shortcuts through the Earth Element. You must give first to set receiving in motion.
The Taoist 5 Elements offers a broad wealth of insight on how to manifest your greatest potential with the least resistance from the flow of the Universe.
As part of my personal ongoing Earth Element phase of teaching, I'll continue to unpack these lessons with you one blog at a time!