Earth ~ The Mother
In the Five Element Theory, the organs of digestion and assimilation are associated with the Earth Element ( spleen, stomach, pancreas), as are the female reproductive organs. When this element is in balance, we are caring of others as well as ourselves; while out of balance, we experience neediness, self-absorption, and physical symptoms such as weight issues, headaches, and fatigue.
Each element has a virtue that balances the qualities associated with that element; for earth, it is service and altruism. Imagine a state of mind where someone is stewing and stuck in circumstance, then is encouraged and supported to get out, volunteer at something meaningful, and move through the stagnation ~ that, in turn, affects the organs and systems connected to Earth Element.
On a personal level, we can recall times when our own mothers, or another caring person, helped us through a rough patch and restored hope in our lives. That is the Mother Principle in life ~ the protector, sustainer, and nurturer.
To cultivate the Earth/Mother energies, try this simple practice:
- Imagine that you are an infant, being held in a loving mother's arms, and that you have just been put to the breast ~ you are content and safe, with no cares in the world.
- You also see yourself as that mother, giving care and attention, and as the loving father observing over the shoulder of the mother.
- Hold that image, resting in the awareness that you are wanted, safe, and meant to be as you breathe deeply and slowly.
By practicing awareness of your own inner mother, you will contribute to your vital, good health.
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