The solstice is fast approaching and soon we will be enjoying the easy flow of summer in the northern hemisphere. This is the perfect time to get out in the elements and re-balance your energies.
To do this you don’t need a special ceremony. No sacrifices, and no dancing naked under the full moon (although that is totally optional). What you do need to do is get outside and play.
Let me explain.
First, what elements am I talking about. Those would be the four elements of nature. Earth, water, fire and air. By being present with these four elements, taking them into your body and soul, you can find a new balance in your life that can leave you recharged and ready for the hustle and bustle we all will experience when our hectic lives resume in the fall.
Lets start with fire. The easiest way to take in this element is to get out in the sun. The earth needs the sun to create life. It represents energy and passion. It warms the ground and stimulates growth in all living things. It is the re-charging station for our internal battery. Get out and soak up it’s energy. Feel it radiate over your skin.
Another way to be present with the element of fire is to actually enjoy fire. Remember as a child sitting around the campfire. Remember the magical pull of the dancing flames. You could stare into them forever as the heat kept you cozy and warm and its glow provided a protective circle warding off the darkness of night allowing your mind to wander to far off places.
A fire trance is a great way to take in the element of fire. Even the dancing flame of a single candle outside on a deck can create the same affect.
Summer is the best time to go with the flow of the element of water. The element is ruled by the pull of the moon and it is water that brings forth life and tempers the heat of fire.
The easiest way to re-balance your water energies is to immerse yourself in it. Lake, river or ocean, it does not matter as long as it is flowing. By that I mean that the body of water has the means to move and refresh itself.
Floating in water allows our whole body to be supported giving it a much needed rest from the pressures of gravity and everyday life. It aids in releasing clogged up energies allowing them to float away. Notice how calm you feel when you let go of the control of your body and just let it float on the gentle current of a river or the hypnotic repetition of the ocean’s waves.
Elemental water also guides our emotions and because our bodies are made up of between 60-65% water, it is an element we can not ignore. We all know the importance of staying hydrated and how the lack of water effects our bodies health. Water flushes out the impurities that build up and clog our internal organs. So this summer don’t forget to drink lots of pure clean water as well.
When was the last time you went barefoot?
To ground your energies in the cleansing pull of the earths core you need to connect to it. So put your bare feet to the earth. Walk on a beach, wiggle your toes in freshly cut grass, or better yet, lay your whole body down in a field of tall grass and feel the gentle pull from the warm earth.
Imagine all your stresses and worries sinking deep into the earths core. Then allow your connected body to absorb the transmuted clean energy of the mother as she supports you with the ancient wisdoms of nature.
The element of earth represents our need to belong, of feeling safe in our surroundings. Humans have lost their connection to the energies of the earth and all living beings rely on mother earth’s bounties. Re-connecting, by grounding your energies with her and into her, will help you re-establish your personal link and feel the inter-connectedness of all life on earth.
Breath in, breath out, we do it around 2300 times a day. The element of air rules our thoughts, ideas and intellect. Is your mind in a fog? Are you able to think straight? Now think about the quality of the air you are inhaling daily into your lungs. This summer seek out a clean source of air.
The easiest way to do that is to get out into nature and surround yourself with trees. They are natures lungs. They take in carbon dioxide and release out clean fresh oxygen for us to breath in and cleanse our bodies and minds with.
Note how clear your thoughts are after a day spent in nature. Where you able to clear out the cobwebs in your brain and think deep thoughts? Maybe as you walked among the trees you will be lucky enough to catch a creative muse or two as they float between the branches on a breeze of fresh air.
Do you remember as a child laying on the ground gazing up into the sky and trying to make out shapes and characters from the forms of the lazy summer clouds as they floated by? Such a simple game to play but an amazing activity to help release your monkey mind and allow creative thoughts to waft through your consciousness and cleanse it with the breezy element of air. All you need to do is look up.
It’s all child’s play
Everything that I just mentioned above you know you did as a child. Kids don’t have to purposely balance their energies, they just follow their curiosity and go out and play. Nature takes care of the rest.
Remember as a child spending every moment you could during the summer outside, swimming, exploring, rambling in the wilds, pondering big thoughts while cozied up in your private little den that you burrowed into the tall grass of a sun kissed field then ending the day around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and telling tall tales. And when you finally came in, at your mothers insistence, did you toss and turn in your bed fretting over senseless worries? No, I’ll bet my last s’more that you were asleep before your head hit the pillow and then woke up refreshed and raring to go again the next morning. Life was good and the living was easy.
You can experience that same connection to nature again. You can once again find that sense of contentment and peace that you had as a child by honoring the four elements of nature.
So go out and play and have yourself an elemental summer. There’s time enough come September to go back to being an adult.
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