In honor of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, I think I'll start with the element of Wood, which is related to spring and beginnings. The Wood Element is the energy of intentions and goals. It is having an idea of where you want to go, setting of intention, and plotting your path. Chinese medicine texts often talk about people who have strong elemental energy and what type of people they are... but I'd like to tell you how Wood energy might be showing up in your life.
In balance, Wood is expressed as a sense of surety... of knowing what you want out of life. Getting in touch with your Wood element (because each of us carries all of these archetypal energies to one degree or another)... you could ask yourself what you would like life to be like for you in a year? Five years? Ten years? What are your personal goals for yourself? Deepening of your spiritual connection? To clear out old beliefs so that you can be your most authentic self? Creating more ease in your life? Wood energy can help get you oriented in the right direction!
Out out of balance, Wood is associated with frustration, angry outbursts, impatience, uncooperative and a predominance of being overly intense. Physical signs of imbalance in Wood can be excessively high or low blood pressure, pain in the eyes or ears, nail and skin issues, vertigo and/or constipation. Mediating out-of-balance Wood energy can be done through one or more of the following activities: daily mindfulness practice, adjusting the inner dialogue to put less pressure on the psyche, exercise (yoga or pilates is especially helpful because of the slow mindful pace of the exercise), and conscious breathing practices.
Having balanced Wood energy supports you setting goals and intentions that are in alignment with your true self. The alignment of those intentions with who you truly are can offer ease and flow to the daily life you live through having the longer, higher vision of life, rather than getting caught in the details. This energy is crucial to fully embracing your uniqueness and living YOUR life.
So... in true Wood form... LET'S GO FOR IT!
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