Embodied Elements Series: Nourishing Our Dark Soil Centers [Episode 10]

It could be argued that it is one of the most challenging transitions of the entire seasonal wheel: the ending of summer and the beginning of everything falling back to the earth. A magical opposition appears as the energies of the earth grow abundant and generous all the while mysteriously moving into decline and decrease. The Earth element conjures themes related to the harvest, nourishment, and digestion, all the while bringing us deeper into our flesh, our embodiment, our black soil centers. This is an element of substance, and it supports our ability to move wishful ideas into reality, taking abstract thoughts and manifesting them within the material world.

In this exploration of the Earth element / Digestive center / Late summer season, we wonder:

-What do our animal bodies know about this time of year? How does it live in us? How can we take our cues on how to live from the more-than-human beings around us?

-How are we digesting our world? How might we be more discerning about what is truly nourishing?

-How does looping, excessive thinking, or worry act as a psychological knottiness, not only in our minds but also within our bodies?

-How does the Earth element help us better know how to love, nourish, and mother ourselves?


Five Element Resources:

Rhythms of Change by Mary Saunders

Five Spirits by Lorie Dechar


Earth Element Resources:

Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays

The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor

Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and the World with the Practice of RAIN by Tara Brach


The spirit question of the Earth element asks:

What does it mean to nourish ourselves well?

What intention do you wish for the Earth with your whole heart and how might you use this intent to inform your presence in the world?