The elements are archetypal building blocks of everything in existence, including us. The elements of nature form the structure of our mind and body, and the world we live in.
The teachings of the elements, and of connecting with the seasons and nature, are found throughout many eastern and western wisdom traditions, and is the basis of Ayurveda (eye-er-vay-dah) the healing science of yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and yoga therapy.
Each element from the Greek system: Air, Fire, Water, and Earth; to Ayurveda: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether; to Chinese Medicine: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water; has various qualities, characteristics, and seasons associated with them and each element interacts with the other elements in unique ways.
Each element possesses qualities that increase or decrease in your system depending on your personal constitution. These qualities are associated with a particular season, life cycle, moon phase, and particular mental, emotional, energetic, and physical qualities. One of the strongest determinants of intensity in what affects you and to what degree, will be the season in which it occurs.
While it’s natural to have preferences for certain seasons or times of year, developing contentment with and a respect for all seasons is essential to our overall well-being as each element and each season is representative of how we connect to our inner and outer worlds.
In the West, we expect to run at the same pace all year, each season, and we’ve lost touch with how the various seasons affect our bodies. We are so enthralled by linear, steady progress that we often push PUSH PUSH ourselves to work harder, longer, and to participate in every social event that our already burgeoning calendars can no longer bare.
And we wonder why we get sick.
It’s because we aren’t listening.
Listening to our bodies, listening to our lives, listening to our inner voice. When we listen to our natural rhythms, we tune into a source of energy that comes from a different place than the automatic ‘doing’ we’re enslaved by.
A deeper understanding of the elements allows us to ebb and flow with the changing seasons and with life’s cycles, enabling us to live a fuller, richer life rooted in Nature.
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