Thursday, January 29, 2009

Feeling hot?!

What a perfect time to talk about the fire element ... right in the middle of an extreme heat wave! The fire element relates to Summer ... the smell is scorched ... the colour red ... and the sound is laughing or sadness. The organs are the heart, small intestine, pericardium (heart protector) and triple heater.

The fire element is related to how we create our life. In balance, fire element people are fun, dynamic and spontaneous ... life flows and you live with passion.

Love is extremely important for people who are predominantly a fire element constitution. Having someone to love and being loved in return feels essential. This can mean your relationships are balanced, passionate and joyful. Out of balance control becomes a major issue. You could find yourself either trying to dominate or control your relationship/ partner or otherwise become extremely submissive. Either can be a form of self protection. In each case you might blame others for how you feel.

The fire element is also related to your personal identity. A fire element imbalance might mean that you are confused about your identity ... for example readily and dramatically changing opinions, hobbies, accents, behaviour or personality ... depending on your latest friends or experiences ...

However expressed, the imbalance is fundamentally internal ... and the lesson is to learn to love yourself unconditionally, connect to yourself and others and follow your heart...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

What are the five elements?

During any session with a Kinesiologist it is likely at some point they will refer to the 'five elements' which include fire, earth, metal, water and wood.

In Chinese Medicine the five elements relate to specific organs and muscles. Traditionally surgery and autopsies were not part of their beliefs ... as a result, the organs in Chinese Medicine refer more to the function of the organ rather than the structure.

One of the most interesting aspects of the five elements are their emotional associations and this is very important in Kinesiology. Each element relates to a number of things - a time of day, season, taste, sound, patterns ... I will go into more detail about each as the year progresses, next week starting with fire.

For now, an overview of each of the element emotions:
Fire - love, hate, control, submission, controlling others, spontaneous, joyful
Earth - empathy, sympathy, self nurture, chronic worry, unbalanced giving and receiving
Metal - self worth, grief, guilt, acknowledgement, connection, holding on, letting go, value
Water - wisdom, fear, anxiety instincts, intuition, controlling environment, driven
Wood - compassion, frustration, resentment, courage, perfectionist, timid, over-assertive

We express aspects of all five elements and we can be 'in-balance' or 'out of balance' in relation to that element. However most people will find that many of their 'issues' relate to one main element and exploring the patterns and lessons of that element can be really rewarding.

This will naturally occur as part of a Kinesiology session but be sure to ask if you have a specific interest in finding out more ..

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Holiday every day!

So now that most of us are back to work ... how to maintain that relaxed feeling of holidays?

Did you read the article in the Herald Sun last weekend, How to Holiday at Home? They suggest we 'stop investing so much in our annual holidays and start putting a little more into every day'.

I like it!

So, what is it that you most enjoy about your holidays ... time with friends/family, fabulous food, bushwalking, art, meeting new people, sightseeing or whatever (ok, all of it!) ... figure out what it is and try to introduce some of that every day ... or at least more regularly.

Find new galleries to visit (or maybe just flick through an art book) ... try different bars and coffee shops ... use your lunch break creatively ...

When Laurence and I were in Tassie over the new year, I LOVED the bushwalks. Now, if anyone has an idea of how to move some hills (not too high) and beautiful bushland a little closer to Melbourne I would love to hear about it!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Get into 2009!

The start of 2009 sounds like a great excuse for setting some new years resolutions ... only it's fairly rare that people actually follow them through even the month of January.

Advertisers certainly pick up on the idea, if the number of weight loss company ads on tv at the moment is anything to go by!

Certainly there is value in setting goals, especially if specific strategies are put into place to ensure they can be achieved ...

But really, what is wrong with right now?

Do your new years resolutions inspire you to build on the happiness you have already achieved in your life, or do they reflect a desire to get out of the present and a deep disatisfaction with the fabulous person you already are?

Coming back to the present moment is one way to address worry or fear. As Eckhart Tolle says in 'The Power of Now',

'Ask yourself what "problem" you have right now, not next year, tomorrow or five minutes from now. What is wrong with this moment? You can always cope with the Now, but you can never cope with the future - nor do you have to. The answer, the strength, the right action or the resource will be there when you need it, not before, not after.'

What a relief it is, if we can just accept this simple concept.

Why not spend a moment, just being; right here, right now ...