Balance Your Earth Element to Release Worry, Embrace Change, and Cultivate Intuition

Challenges.

Everyone faces them. Some are happily avoidable, others succeed in temping you to dive in head first, eager to greet them.

Any single challenge can be perceived either as an opportunity or an obstacle depending on your point of view. Which will you choose?  

As I introduced in last week’s blog, late summer ushers in the season associated with the Earth Element in Taoist practice and TCM, and this particular Element's attributes make right now prime time for a self-imposed challenge of opportunity.

  • Emotionally, the Earth Element manifests in anxious worry and resistance to change when out of balance.
  • In balance, it supports fosters trust, honesty, forethought through learned knowledge, stability, loyalty, comfort, and intuition.

Use a challenge to tap into these positive attributes and align your own energy with the seasonal flow.

Craving one last summer fling, like an end of season...

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Are You In Your Element? Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood

Eastern Taoist Philosophy categorizes everything we are, everything we do, and the world around us, into one of the 5 Chinese Elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal or Water. 

(Why these are different from the Ayurvedic Elements is a topic for another time.)

Seasonally, we have just transitioned from the Fire Element of early summer, into the Earth Element of late summer.

  • In a life cycle, this Element corresponds to the ages of 33 to 58 years old.
  • Earth is a building element. It’s literally a time to get your hands dirty and create what you desire through steady, long-term focus. 
  • The Earth Element is the time to invest in your health, relationships, career, and finances. 
  • Characterized by weighty life decisions, entry into the Earth Element may be marked by marriage, divorce, breakups, promotions, starting a business, a physical move to a new place, sobriety, starting a family, going back to school/graduating, or purchasing...
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