The coming of a new year, like the dawning of a new day or
even a new moment brings us in touch with the unknown.
May you be at peace with the unknown this year and always.
Recipe: Cucumber and Sesame Seed Salad
Special: Ayurveda Wellness Retreat Half day for two at R810 continues for the month of February.
"The Earth's condition is receptive devotion" I Ching
"The land is a mother that never dies." Maori tribe of New Zealand
- what is Earth element?
Traditionally the Earth element is seen as the foundation and support for life. At a fundamental level it is the ground we stand on. Plants send roots down into the soil to draw up nutrients, and to protect themselves from being blown away by the wind or washed out by rain or floods.
Earth provides the food you eat and this food in turn creates your physical support structure - your bones, joints, muscles and flesh.
At a functional level, the Earth element relates to our capacity to nourish and support ourselves. The successful result of this is the sweet feeling of satisfaction.
However, the five elements can be understood in a material sense as well as a subtle sense. Earth is not only the terrain of our planet or the iron in our red blood cells and spleen, but also the quality of steadfastness of mind, faith, the slow and quiet undeterred advancement towards a goal, and not being the football of other people's opinions. Groundedness, rootedness, dependability and stability are its primary qualities.
Earth is the heaviest and most solid of the elements. At first glance it appears unchanging, in contrast to fire, which changes with each flicker, or water, which can freeze, evaporate, or change its shape to conform to the contours of its container.
Though solid, Earth is by no means stagnant. Life moves and grows
within it, or lies dormant waiting for the opportunity to emerge.
Living bone, contrary to appearances, is ever changing. Its cells
continually build up its structure, break it down, and then rebuild
it. Like the Earth element in general, to see its changing nature
you have to look beneath the surface.
The earth element builds tissue. During childhood,the body needs food that is deeply nourishing, heavy and contains an abundance of the earth element such as organic milk, nuts and grains.
- how do we know when Earth is out of balance or in excess?
When in balance, Earth is solid, stable, and well-grounded. Out of balance, Earth is too heavy and unyielding.
When the earth element is in excess in our body we may feel heavy, sluggish and tired. Emotionally, we may feel as if there are obstacles to the support we desire from others. Conversely, when there is not enough earth element, we feel ungrounded, 'spaced out', empty, light-headed. We are indecisive, lack faith and are unreliable.
- how can we balance Earth element?
"Everything that exists has Being, has God-essence, has some degree of consciousness. Even a stone has rudimentary consciousness; otherwise, it would not be and its atoms and molecules would disperse. Everything is alive."
Recipe: Cucumber and Sesame Seed Salad
Serves 4 - 6
We will continue our cooking courses once we have moved to a new place. In the meantime, we would like to recommend Helen and Claudio's courses at Capri, near Noordhoek. They are offered monthly on Saturdays or you can join a six week course on Thursday evenings, starting on 2nd March. Please call us for more details.
There is no world.
Neither is there body nor mind.
There is only One pure Consciousness.
I am that One pure Consciousness.
Please see the attached document or our website for a full list of all massages and retreats that we offer.
May 2006 bring you more peace, joy and contentment than ever before.
With love and gratitude,
The Nalanda team
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