Mind Body Hacks : Navigating Your Inner Landscape with the Chakras an TMC"s Wood Element

In my research for today’s post, I wanted to talk about the Chakras, another energy system used in my Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) practice. I wanted to see how to infuse the Spring Element found in TCM with the Chakras. Interestingly enough, I knew that the 3rd Chakra would be featured when combining it with TCM, but I was also surprised to see the 5th or Throat Chakra mentioned, as well, and I wasn’t sure why.

The 5th chakra, also known as the throat chakra, is located in the center of the throat. It is responsible for our communication, creativity, and self-expression.

The Spring Season in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is associated with the Wood Element. The Wood Element is associated with growth, expansion, and change. It is the energy of new beginnings. In EEM, the training provides techniques predating TMC, which is usually referred to as Ancient Chinese Medicine (ACM).

Looking deeper at the 5th chakra, when this is balanced, we are able to communicate our thoughts and feelings clearly and effectively. We are also able to express ourselves creatively in a variety of ways.

The Wood Element can help to balance the 5th chakra by promoting growth, expansion, and change. When we are in touch with these qualities, we feel inspired to create new things and express ourselves in new ways. We are also more open to change and new experiences.

If you are looking for a way to balance your 5th chakra, I encourage you to incorporate some of these protocols into your life.

It's important to fuel your body with foods that will help you stay healthy and thrive. Here are some suggestions for the spring season:

  • Eat plenty of vegetables. Vegetables are packed with nutrients that are essential for good health. Spring is a great time to enjoy fresh, seasonal vegetables like artichokes, eggplants, and dark leafy greens.
  • Include fruit in your meal plan. Fruits are another great source of nutrients and a delicious way to get your daily dose of fiber. Spring fruits like tangerines, grapefruits, and lemons (add them to your water) are a refreshing and healthy way to start your day.
  • Choose lean protein sources. Protein is essential for building and repairing tissues and can help you feel full and satisfied. Good spring protein sources include free-range eggs, chicken, shrimp, and white fish.
  • If you can, eat whole grains. Whole grains are a good source of fiber and nutrients, and they can help you feel energized and satisfied. Spring whole grains include wheat bran, rye, brown rice, and oatmeal. I love the oatmeal muffins I make. The muffins are filled with bananas, blueberries, and cinnamon. It is a good snack and a healthier choice when I want something sweet.
  • Drink plenty of water. Water is essential for good health, and it's especially important to stay hydrated during the spring months when the weather is warm. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water per day.

Essential oils are another good resource to raise your vibration and bring balance to your body. The Essential Oils associated with the wood element include:

Rosemary helps flush toxins from the liver and body.

Chamomile is an excellent digestive system.

Peppermint is good for everything. It’s an anti-inflammatory and helps bile flow in the gallbladder and liver.

Fennel helps with digestion and has an antiseptic effect on the liver.

More essential oils can be added to this list; however, this will get you started.

Use kind, positive statements about yourself, especially when you miss the mark. You can also meditate using a deep breathing technique, rest up against a tree or sit on the grass. By doing these things, you can tap into the power of the spring element and balance your fifth chakra.

Activities that you can do to combine the 5th chakra with the Wood Element:

  • Go for a walk in the woods or another natural setting.
  • Spend time gardening or planting flowers.
  • Meditate and get grounded.
  • Write in a journal or create art.
  • Sing or dance.
  • Spend time with people who make you feel inspired and creative.
  • Affirm positive statements about yourself and your abilities.

By doing these things, you can connect with the power of the Spring Element and the 5th chakra and create a more balanced and harmonious life.

*Some sources say that the 5th chakra is associated with the Summer Season, which is the Fire Element. This is because the 5th chakra is associated with creativity and passion, which are qualities of fire. So, it is up to you to decide: is the 5th chakra a part of the Spring or Summer Element? I’m inclined to think that it is both!

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