Look at our brokenness.
We know that in all creation
Only the human family
Has strayed from the Sacred Way.
We know that we are the ones
Who are divided
And we are the ones
Who must come back together
To walk in the Sacred Way.
Teach us love, compassion, and honor
That we may heal the earth
And heal each other.
- Ojibway Prayer
Namaste Dear Friends,
How are you faring during the past few months? With so much political turbulence, violence to the earth, upheaval and loss, this has been an unsettling time of change. Since I have been feeling somewhat scattered and unsettled myself, I sat outside to write. It was amazingly grounding.
Late summer is correlated with the earth element. Although it is a short season, it is a time of intense metamorphosis in nature and within our bodies. In the Chinese System, the center is the direction associated with the Earth element; we are all around it and it surrounds us. It is called “doyo” in Chinese, meaning “transition,” so this element relates to the time of seasonal change which comes four times a year for about two to three weeks each, around the two solstices and the two equinoxes.
This shoulder season between summer and fall is one of many emotions, ripe with yang energies trying to find their balance. Indian Summer marks the shift from the outward expression of spring and summer to the inward focus of autumn and winter. The Earth element sits in the center, harmonizing all of the other elements. The Earth gives us stability and a sense of rootedness within ourselves with quiet certainty. The Earth embodies and nurtures all of life. Some of the healthy characteristics of this element are self acceptance, integrity, safety, intention, and of course, good digestion.
As we enter this time of transition, it is important to stay centered. The responsibilities of our lives take us on little journeys from our center, but we must always return to relax and replenish ourselves. This we can do through meditation, breath work, yoga, exercise, or any activity that touches your heart: dancing, walking, running, being with a friend; reading a book; really anything you enjoy as long as it helps you to let go of your tensions—and relax.
As always, thank you for your support and continued practice of yoga.
Fall Blessings to all,