The season of late summer and the earth element is upon us. The earth element is related to the spleen, pancreas and stomach. These are the organs that digest our foods and distribute their nutrients appropriately. From a western medicine perspective, the spleen is responsible for the production of white blood cells as part of the immune system. It also removes the old red blood cells. From a traditional chinese medicine (TCM) perspective the spleen creates qi(life force) and blood and regulates the qi in the blood as well as the flow of blood in the body. The stomach and spleen give us sustenance in the form of nutrients and life force to do what we do in the world. Mentally they help us to digest information and stimulus, assimilating these experiences and turning them into usable ideas and creations.
The season of late summer and or the transitional time between the seasons (equinox to solstice) is a time when the earth returns to its center and prepares for transformation. Inwardly this season draws us back to our center to ripen our qi and to nourish and nurture ourselves. The element of earth can be cultivated at any time of transition for the necessary stability to flow with the changes at hand. The spirit aspect of the earth element is called "YI" which endows us with the ability to stand behind our words and dreams with purpose and intent. It also clarity of thought and integrity of action.
The emotion related to the Spleen is sympathy. It represents our ability to connect and care for others. Take care not to overextend yourself giving more than you allow yourself to receive. Worry is also related to the spleen, and anxiety. When our earth element is out of balance we may find ourselves persistently worrying about many things. This disturbance of energy depletes our qi which man negatively affect our ability to digest and transform our thoughts and ideas into actions. These actions are the expression of the soul. People with a week sense of center have difficulty in setting clear intentions and rather than living the life they really want they get stuck going round and round in circles. Digestive disturbances, eating disorders, obsessive thinking and over caring for others while neglecting oneself are a symptoms of a weak center.
Healing begins by strengthening and reconnecting to our own center. This affirms our ability to listening to our inner voice, our Sadhguru. We can bring our words, intentions and actions into harmony by balancing our commitments and maintaining boundaries. Mindful participation in whatever we are doing helps eliminate the excess stimulation allowing us the clear mental focus. Meditating, yoga and qi gong help to bring us out of our head and into our bodies, where the earth element rules. We can begin to strengthen our digestive system by consuming whole foods that help to nourish and replenish our system. Warming foods such as soups, and warming spices supported digestive fire. We can make our food a sacred practice by showing gratitude for what we area bout to consume. Find a quiet place in nature and plug into earth's energy. Allowing the heart and the feet and the head to be moving in the same direction.