The 4 Natural Elements and building a balanced life
Earth. Air. Fire. Water.
Physical Matters of the World.
Mental Processes we Experience.
Creative Ventures of Self and Spirit.
Emotions and Intuitions.
Flora and Fauna.
The Creative Spark.
Calming the Storm.
Experiences and emotions in our lives are symbolically represented through these elements. Basically they are a physical representation of things we may otherwise not know how to express or easily categorize. These symbols help us pinpoint aspects of our lives that we need to just simply acknowledge or work through in a way that feels natural.
Where It’s Always Autumn is based around the 4 main elements of Nature. They are, what I find to be, the 4 main things in your life that you need to bring together in harmony in order to feel as balanced as possible in your journey, and your day to day life.
Why and How
Let me start out with explaining why.
WHY the 4 Elements?
To put it simply, in a world where social media, technology, and the constant pressure to move quickly is dominant, nature is my yang to that yin and vice versa. Some days I want to run off into the woods, live totally off grid, and lose all sense of current innovation. Some days I want to drive into the city, get a dirty chai, sit at a bookstore, and surf hashtags on instagram for inspiration.
If I live out just half of my desires and characteristics too heavily I start to become weighed down and feel confined by that lifestyle. Yet, if I try to harmonize what I love about these polar opposites, evenly splitting up my time and interests, I start to find more balance in my emotions, thoughts, and life in general. If I deprive myself of one thing I start to yearn for it. If I become obsessed with one thing, I start to resent it. First I thought I was just in a constant struggle to be happy, feel fulfilled, or fully understand who I am, when really I just didn’t have a properly balanced “diet” or “lifestyle”.
When we trace life back to its simplest form, we’re all just nature. We have to work together with nature internally and externally to keep going. Disrupt the organic flow of nature and natural disasters occur. The same is true with us. Disrupt our organic flow in life and we can experience stress, depression, illness, all which causes our own life disasters.
The best way for me to live a life I love (not every day, no one is perfect) is to make sure I’m giving each element the attention is deserves.
Which leads me to how.
HOW do you incorporate the 4 elements into your day to day?
It may be far more simplistic than you think. That’s exactly why Where It’s Always Autumn is broken up the way it is, to help you easily zone in on those certain aspects of your life in a way that feels easy, natural, and safe. Everyone experiences these elements differently. What I share here is my journey and my interpretation of these elements. I have taken the elements and narrowed down their symbolic representations in a way that makes the most sense to me, but you may find a path of your own, and that’s amazing. Know there is no right or wrong way to experience YOUR life, there is only the way that makes you feel whole and satisfied.
I want to start with Earth because it feels the most obvious. Physical Matters of the World. We spend so much time in our heads, in a cyber world, in a zombie like state because of technology and entertainment that it is healthy to have a physical thing to bring us back to the present moment and the material world. There is a time to dream, explore, create, and be engulfed in our emotions, but when you are in that time of EARTH you release everything that came before and after and focus only on what is currently in front of and surrounding you. Spend some time outdoors with physical “things” that are quietly surviving and slowly living, it’s not only refreshing and grounding, but humbling. Look around at the dirt under your feet, the sky above your head and realize there is more at work here.
For me Air is all about our mental processes and the best way for me to clear my mind and see the world in a new way is to take flight and change up my environment. Sitting in one spot I lose the strength to push through and grow. My mind is willing to open up more when I give it new experiences. I encourage you to travel and see the world in a way that feels appropriate to you. This could mean hopping on a plane and landing half way across the world. It could mean walking to your local park. Learn new cultures or learn more about your neighbors. Allow your mind and your self to grow, allow it to work through struggles in a positive way. Allow Air to open up your mental runway.
We all have a fire inside us. When we allow our fire to breathe it burns bright, when we close that door it may feel as though it has burnt out. Regardless, the pilot is always on, it just needs a spark. Embracing fire is a reminder that we all deserve to ignite that flame, and that we can reignite it at any time, it’s not something we need to ask permission for, yet it’s not something that others can’t do for us, it comes from within. We all have those things in life that make us feel more alive, when we actively embrace those things that fire grows and releases smoke signals into the world letting it know we have surpassed just surviving and we have started thriving thanks to that warmth! Here you can start to be creative with your life, think and dream big, run towards your goals, and release your inner light. Do more of what makes you feel alive!
I put Water last on the list not because I think it’s the least important but because I think it’s crucial to remember that if you’re fire grows TOO BIG and gets out of control it’s ok to put it out for a little bit. Feeling accomplished and chasing after the life you want feels amazing but it can also create a storm in your life, so remembering to calm that storm, allowing your ship to sit calmly in the harbor from time to time is so important. Follow your intuition, get back in touch with your emotions, practice self love, and be willing to accept and appreciate the simplistic things about your life.
At a time when my life felt the most unbalanced was also a time when by business was thriving. My Creative Spark had grew into a forest fire, it had engulfed all surrounding Earth, there was no time to take in Air, and I had completely forgotten how to calm the storm I created with Water. Eventually my fire also burned out and I was left sitting in the ashes. I finally acknowledged and accepted that fact. I spent some time reevaluating what was important to me. I looked deep within, and eventually I figured out how to piece myself back together using the 4 elements of Nature, I rose from the ashes, and Where It’s Always Autumn was born.
I worked through my struggles and uncovered new discoveries about myself through writing these blogs. They helped be better understand what I was going through and how to get to a better place. I share them with you in hopes that I can help someone avoid or conquer a similar situation, either by embracing the elements in the way that I did or finding your own method. Either way I wanted to create a safe space for us all to just be ourselves, embrace what makes us happy, push past what doesn’t, learn new things, see the world with fresh eyes, and feel like we are living the lives we were truly meant to live. I’m not here to encourage people to live their best lives- that’s too much pressure and we’re not in a competition with ourselves. I’m simply here to inspire you to life a live that you feel is worth living.
After writing this blog I was inspired to create an Art series around this whole concept, what I like to think of as a visual awakening- beautiful pieces that are to be hung on the wall of our home or office, symbols we will see every day, to reminds us to incorporate these elements into our lives the best way we can, bringing balance and a sense of feeling whole!