5 Elements of Self-care
The 5 Elements of Chinese medicine express themselves in our body-mind-emotion-spirit.
Imbalances within ourselves are eased by taking a little time to care for ourselves. Using the wisdom of the 5 Elements, we have access to innovative possibilities for self-care. Below is a short list to get you started:
Earth -Nourishing, giving and receiving
Lie down on the floor or ground and get very comfortable. Feel the Earth supporting your entire body from head to toe. Let yourself receive the steady, ever-present support of the Earth. As you are filled, pass on some of what you receive to others.
Metal – Clarity, reflection, letting go
Clear an area in a room, or outside in Nature. Sit comfortably and allow your attention to explore the spaces between objects rather than the objects themselves. As your breath settles, bring your attention to the spaces within your nose, sinuses, airway, and lungs.
Water – Incubation, yielding, stillness
Be very present while pouring yourself a glass of water. Let yourself wonder where this water came from, how it is changing shape as it fills the cup, how it changes shape as you drink.
Wood – growing, expanding, reaching
Expand your physical body – reach your arms up and out, inhale deeply to expand your ribs, feel yourself taking up more space than usual.
Fire – Loving, celebrating, communicating
Bring your awareness to your heart. Remember a moment of feeling love. As you feel the sensation of love in your heart, allow it to radiate within your body.