Earth provides the support for all the other elements to function. Seasonal transition is the primary domain of Earth Element in Chinese Medicine. Earth Element is also designated to late Summer/early Fall, a period when all of the Season’s seem to be present at the same time. In honor of the Autumnal Equinox, we would like to share some simple ways to help support you during the transition from the intense activity of Summer’s Fire Element to the more sober, get-down-to business Metal Element energy of Fall.
- “Earthing”: “Earthing” or “Grounding” is the process of reconnecting to the energy of the Earth surface through our feet and is proving to have many health benefits. At the Heart MD Institute, Dr. Sinatra recommends that we “go barefoot for forty minutes outside and see what a difference that makes on your pain or stress level. Sit, stand, or walk on grass, sand, dirt, or concrete − preferably wet, for greater conduction of the Earth’s electrons. These are all conductive surfaces from which your body can draw the Earth’s electrons. Wood, asphalt, and vinyl are not conductive.”
- Mindful Eating: Earth Element governs Stomach and Spleen. Pay closer attention to what and how you eat during this time. Here is a great video of Thich Nhat Hanh discussing the process of mindful eating. For the adventurous, this is a good time for short term fasting and cleanses. Smoothie Feasts are a great alternative to fasting, it gives your system a break and you get tons of nutrients and phytochemicals. Feast on as much blended fruits and vegetables as you like for 1-7 days.
- Nurture Yourself: Participate in activities make you feel nurtured in mind, body & spirit in whatever form that takes for you. Get a massage. Invite family and friends to dinner. Attend a retreat. Take a vacation from electronics. Curl up on the couch and read a book. Take time for you. Do you have any other suggestions? Share them on our website or FB page.
- Meditation: Many of you are familiar with the Zen Proverb, “You should sit in meditation every day for twenty minutes, unless you're too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” Earth Element beckons us to sit still and center ourselves. Take what time you can, clear all distractions, set a timer. Relax your body and just breathe naturally. To really connect with Earth energy, bring your focus to the space directly behind your navel and imagine the Earth in that space. Use this image to bring your attention back in line when your thoughts drift. When done, take a moment to journal your experience.