The Five Elements theory is a cornerstone of traditional Chinese and Korean philosophy and medicine. In today’s post I will move onto the Earth Element. Please note that the below content is for informational purposes only and is in no way is intended to be medical advice.
The Earth Element promotes nourishment and balance
After the summer reaches its climax, seething heat and the effulgent rays of the Sun loosen the grip on nature. As the summer fades, fields begin to display golden waves of grains and nature shows off its generosity, offering us plentiful grains and fruits that are seasoned and ready to be picked. This bounteous period of late summer corresponds to the Earth Element.
The Earth Element is associated with nourishment and balance. A healthy Earth Element also manifests in stability, accuracy, trustworthiness and a practical mind. As for seasons, it corresponds to late summer when Yang gives into Yin.
Spring and summer belong to Yang, while autumn and winter pertain to Yin. It is the Earth Element that takes up the smooth transition from the Yang phase to the Yin phase. In terms of Yin and Yang, the Earth Element represents a balance between these two forces, according to Taoist cosmology.
In our bodies, the spleen is the Yin organ of Earth and the stomach is the Yang organ of Earth. Earth also governs our mouth, eyelids, lymph and digestive system.
Symptoms of an unhealthy Earth Element
If your Earth Element is imbalanced, you could be an obsessive worrier or a compulsive thinker. When your Earth is unhealthy, you could be extremely meddlesome as you become suspicious of everything and want to ensure that everything goes perfectly OK around you. For example, you could want to ensure that your spouse is not committing adultery behind your back. Consequently, you could be perceived to be narrow-minded, annoying or stubborn.
An unhealthy Earth Element could also lead to an insatiable desire for approval. You could feel the need to fill up your inner emptiness with affection from outside. The insecurity could trigger the feeling of inadequacy that could make you extremely egocentric to the point of becoming uncaring of others’ feelings.
Physically, you could develop digestive problems, loose stools, stomach aches, obesity, edema, or bowel and intestinal disorders, including ulcers, gastric hyperacidity and inflammatory bowel disease.
Relax, think less, and worry less
Excessive thoughts and worries undermine the health of the spleen, as well as the balance of the Earth Element. Therefore, excessive thoughts and worries should be avoided for those whose Earth is not healthy.
Women are more likely to develop problems caused by excessive thoughts and worries. Women may need to pay more attention to them than men. In order to keep your Earth healthy, it is important to adopt a relaxed attitude about life.
If you want to keep your Earth healthy and balanced, relax your body and mind, think less, and worry less. Every experience in life is designed for optimal wholeness. Every event serves as an opportunity to learn and grow. With this in mind, see if you can practice the following even for a moment.
• Let go of all your worries.
• Do not get caught up in trivial matters.
• Remind yourself that the Universe is working perfectly.
The mind and the body are intricately connected. When you think less and worry less, it restores balance to your spleen and the Wood Element in your body.