The Earth Element is the fertile soil that allows plants to grow and flourish to provide nourishment and sustenance; it gives protection and shelter as well as stability and substance.
Earth contains water, creates boundaries to define continents and carries us through space with stability. Earth represents safety, protection, and our home base.
Being centered, calm, and balanced, feeling at home, and having a sense of harmony and peacefulness are the essence of a healthy Earth energy. For example; creating a comfortable home, cooking for oneself, cooking for your family- are all essential factors to nourishing the Earth energy in one's life.
Cultivating a healthy Earth means understanding and prioritizing our needs. If we pour all of our energy into helping others or work excessively, we'll have nothing left for ourselves. If we don't discipline ourselves around our diet and set boundaries...
From a counseling perspective, leisure activities have been proven to increase quality of life by decreasing stress, isolation, and depression. Exposure to new recreation activities can replace other negative coping skills such as drug use and self-harm. Kids who participate in summer programs often embrace new leisure skills that they can continue for the rest of their lives. Many children, some of who struggled to build friendships prior, return to school with new friends whom they have met over the summer through these programs.
From a mom perspective, I know that planning summer activities can be difficult due to finances, peer pressure of other kids attending a camp that you can’t afford or can’t get your child to because of your work schedule, or the lack of routine. It can be difficult to juggle everyone’s schedules when no two weeks are the same. Here are some tips that can be h...
During the last 15 years, I’ve made huge leaps (including a career change). Yet each leap contained countless small steps. My path toward living life true was gradual. It’s hard to pinpoint a single moment, but eventually I had appropriate tools and enough practice, and my heart shifted. When I revert to old habits, I trust there’s a safe space within me: I reconnect with breath and awareness.
While teaching mindfulness class, I shared a story from my journey: For years, I looked externally for approval. I repeatedly asked my loving husband some version of “Am I okay?” His reassurance was never enough, and not because he wasn’t genuine, but because I was looking in the wrong places. What I needed—in the core of my being—was my own approval: my own love and acceptance. And once I found this, I stopped asking him those questions, because I trust I’m my own anchor; my own friend.