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Living the Elements: Wood – Spring 2021

Living the Elements: Wood Spring Seasonal Resources Last spring, after my Wood music, arts, and culture blog, people wrote in with some fabulous Wood suggestions.  I discovered some new music that still carries me forward.  I'm grateful, and I'm looking forward to what folks have to suggest this year.  Meanwhile, I'm sharing the tunes, the art, and the poetry that have been on my mind so far this spring. 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 ... Read more

Water Seasonal Resources

Living the Elements: Water Winter Seasonal Resources Water is associated with Winter, the season of stillness, solitude, courage, fear, and deep wisdom in the face of the unknown. Water is life’s greatest resource and it takes many forms. Water is the element of rest and re-charge. Through deep listening, we engender a connection to our hidden resources. To do this, we must get enough sleep, cultivate peace and stillness in our busy lives, and learn to develop our inner quietude. Winter’s darkness creates an acute awareness of all the mysteries that surround us. A person who has strong Water in their constitution often can’t help but be aware, all the time, of just how much we don’t know. When Water people develop ease ... Read more

Metal Seasonal Resources

Living the Elements: Metal Autumn Could we take a moment to remember that autumn is not just about grief and loss? Yes, it’s about that too—but it’s also about the beauty, and about what is essential, and what lasts forever inside of us. It’s about what we treasure, and how we keep our treasure clean and polished inside of us.  What do you love, what do you value—not just on good days, but when it’s all really hitting the fan?  What reminds you of your values, and brings you back into alignment? That’s what autumn is about—not just grief! Of course, grief can be a doorway into beauty and transcendent value.  But let’s not forget that it is a doorway so that we ... Read more

August 14, 2020

Living the Elements: Earth Late Summer Earth, the element that embodies Late Summer, is all about the feeling of stability and satisfaction. It’s our sense of familiarity and comfort, our sense of homeyness. The stay-at-home measures of COVID-19 are definitely “bringing it all back home” for us, and that has certainly been giving us an opportunity to appreciate family and home much more—or else made us realize what’s absolutely got to change. On a national and planetary level, there’s a whole lot coming home to us—and it’s been coming for a long time. We are living right now in the midst of so much upheaval that it is both an opportunity and a necessity for us to do the kind of pondering ... Read more

July 3, 2020

Living the Elements: Fire Summer! Summer is a time when it is safe to blossom, because all danger of frost is past. What a relief! We can shed our protective layers, and stand in the open, to see and be seen as who we really are. Summer is the time of extended light and warmth, and this is the basis of its capacity to invite us into the openness and exposure that allows us to create fulfilling connections. The gift of Fire is lightness of being. Humor, playfulness and the ability to be silly are crucial to the health of Fire. Fire understands that in order to be truly sane, you have to be a little bit crazy — and not be ... Read more

May 21, 2020 – Living the Elements: Wood – Springtime!

Living the Elements: Wood Springtime! 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, ... Read more