Everything around us is constantly in motion. Nature is dynamic, and most of us know we’re never in the same place for too long. After all, the only true constant is change. And yet… I’d really like to find some balance.
Today, I would like to talk about the concept of balance, and how it can help us on our quest for health and wellness.
Have you ever gone out for a run when you were feeling scattered, only to find that it got worse? Have you ever sat down to meditate, or to do a restorative yoga class, and realized it did not help you feel less slow or heavy?
I like using different frameworks to determine the ‘deficiency’ or the ‘excess’. Today, I’ll be using the elements to explain how you can use opposites to achieve balance. The elements are fascinating to me, because they are used in many different traditions and systems, and applying the simple idea of balance has helped me a lot in my own life.
First, we’ll look at the imbalances of each element and how they might manifest. I’ll also give you some quick and easy ideas to create balance. Then, we’ll find out what true balance looks like for each element. You can read this from top to bottom, or use it as a resource to figure out how to make your life a little better right now.
As you are reading this, I’d like to invite you to take a deep breath and ask yourself:
- How am I feeling?
- What do I have too much (or too little) of?
- What can I do to balance this out?
Too little fire: you might be feeling uninspired, slow, or undetermined. What you need: tap into your strength. Focus on your core. Remind yourself of what you love about the thing you are doing. (If the answer is ‘nothing’, do something else.)
Too much fire: you might be overheated, angry, overworked, or burnt out. What you need: cool down, take a cold shower, do some slow yoga, be gentle with yourself. You’ve been working too hard and you know it. Take a break.
Too little earth: you might feel ungrounded and impractical, and avoid daily tasks and chores. What you need: grounding. (See: too much air.)
Too much earth: you might feel heavy, lethargic, uninspired, or even depressed. What you need: movement! You can’t meditate your way out of this. Do some jumping jacks, watch something that makes you laugh, play a fast-paced song (or playlist) and have a dance break.
Too little air: you might feel stuck, and struggle to brainstorm or communicate freely. What you need: faster movement, mind mapping, lighter foods, HIIT, or running.
Too much air: you might feel spacey and disconnected, and it might be difficult to keep your feet on the ground. What you need: grounding, grounding, grounding. Come into your body, do standing or seated yoga poses, take a break from social media and reduce your input, eat warm or heavier foods (root veggies are awesome), slow down.
Too little water: you might struggle to tap into your emotions, you may feel rigid or stubborn, and ‘out of flow’. What you need: feel into your body. If you can’t feel your emotions, try to feel your physical sensations. Move your body. Swim or dance. Get quiet, and listen to yourself. (If you really want to feel something, try sad songs or emotional movies.)
Too much water: you might be very emotional, feel unstable in your opinions, and change your mind quickly and often. What you need: depending on the situation, you need to add some earth or some fire (preferably both). Do some grounding poses and connect to your core. Find your strength.
FIRE – if your fire element is balanced, you’ll likely feel passionate, inspired, and driven. Your warmth and excitement is infectious, and people love being around you. You know what you want, and you’re ready to go get it!
EARTH – if your earth element is balanced, you might feel grounded and stable, and you’ll likely have an easier time dealing practical tasks. You’ll be patient with others (and hopefully with yourself too), and you get shit done.
AIR – if your air element is balanced, you’ll likely be feeling creative, communicative, and you’ll think up solutions very fast. You’re a master problem-solver, and you create your own path.
WATER – if your water element is balanced, you’ll be in tune with your emotions, and you can feel your feelings without drowning in them. You know how to listen to your heart, and your decisions are aligned.
Of course, these are all just examples. There are many more (and different) things we can do to achieve balance. Play with it and figure out what works best for you. This is one of the core foundations of Change Your Mind. We try to tap into the available energy; harvesting it if it’s productive, and balancing it out when needed.
Remember that everything is always in motion. What you need to create balance today, might not be the same thing you’ll need tomorrow. Keep checking in with yourself.
If you need any help finding your balance, feel free to reach out. I’m more than happy to help!