Living the Elements: Wood
There are a number of different serious blog pieces still in the works, but right now, I really just want to have some community fun. I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite Wood-element art and music.
I’d love to hear from you: Are you listening to, looking at, or reading anything that moves and heals and awakens your Wood element this spring? Please share in the comments section below. I’m always up for more healthy Five Element nourishment through the arts. Meanwhile here are some of my favorites, just to get you started.
Song: It’s Not Easy Being Green by Kermit the Frog
At first listen this might not seem to be your average Wood song, because it begins with a distinct Lack of Shout. When Wood is showing up missing, often all we see is the K’e cycle elements: gloomy Metal and self-pitying mopey Earth. This could easily be a case of blood deficient Wood creating low self-esteem.
Song: Tony’s Song from West Side Story
Is this a Wood song, looking towards the future with hope and expectation, or is it a Metal song, with the wide-open receptivity of the Lung, and the Colon’s ability to Welcome Fragrance (CO-20)? Maybe it’s both! According to Heiner Fruehauf, the Lung and Colon can also be considered organs of the springtime, and thus part of the Wood element. In the calendar/clock system, Lung is the organ of first light (3-5 a.m. or the month of February), and Colon is the organ of full daybreak (5-7 a.m. or the month of March: Da-da-da-DUM da-Dum! Morning trumpets)!
At the very least, it’s a great energetic portrait of what it feels like when you definitely do not have a Liver-Lung exit entry block!
(For more about the energetics of a Liver-Lung exit/entry block, see CEU Liver-Lung Block. For more on the CO-St block visit the Five Element Archive for the Exit-Entry Blocks: Colon-Stomach Block PDF. If you aren’t already an archive member, find more information about a membership here.)
Song: Tubthumping by Chumbawamba
The chorus says it all: I get knocked down, but I get up again; you’re never gonna keep me down!
Poem: [in Just-] by e. e. cummings
e. e. cummings always feels like a poet of the Wood element to me, with his delightfully arhythmic rhythms and his abrupt creative non-standard punctuation—but here he really goes out of his way to express the spirit of spring.
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
whistles far and wee
and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s
when the world is puddle-wonderful
old balloonman whistles
far and wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing
from hop-scotch and jump-rope and
(For a more in-depth look at the meaning of Wood in springtime, see CEU Intro to Wood.)
Sculpture: Henrique Olivera
Now that’s a fabulous portrait of what a Liver-Lung exit-entry block might feel like! Kind of like springtime in lockdown, eh? Finding freedom within has been a big theme this year. I look at this sculpture and it inspires me to do some ribcage-releasing stretches and twists immediately.
(For more about exit-entry blocks of the Liver and Lung, see CEU Liver 13-14: Finding Freedom.)
Add your favorite Wood/springtime Five Element resources in the comments below.