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The 5 Elements

Explore the rich traditions of Chinese medicine and how they impact your daily life.

“New Year, New You” is Wrong

Learn to Live with Yourself + with the Seasons

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Why You're Awesome or Awful at Planning

Use the 5 Elements to Discover Personal Strengths and Weaknesses

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Why The Seasons Are Important In Our Lives

A 5 Element Chinese Medicine Perspective

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Why We Should Love Winter and Embrace the Dark and Cold

How the Natural World Influences Our Behavior

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The Missing 5th Season and Its Incredible Importance In Your Life

How To Be Engaged With The Natural World Around You

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More on the 5 Elements

Support Your Lung Health Through Chinese Medicine Boost Your Immune System + Vitality with These Tips

Support Your Lung Health Through Chinese Medicine Boost Your Immune System + Vitality with These Tips

With the COVID pandemic, there’s a lot of concern about our lungs and their ability to fight off the viruses and remain healthy.

From a Western perspective, supporting our lungs seems limited to breathing exercises and hoping for the best. 

But if we look to Chinese medicine there’s plenty of action we can take!

Let’s take a tour through Chinese medical physiology and discover ways to nourish our lungs so they’re balanced and healthy.

How to Embrace the Spontaneous Chaos and Fun of Summer Stay Grounded and Enjoy the Season from a Chinese Medicine Perspective

How to Embrace the Spontaneous Chaos and Fun of Summer Stay Grounded and Enjoy the Season from a Chinese Medicine Perspective

Ah, summer has arrived in all of its glory.

We feel a little lighter on our feet and we’re ready to soak up the sunshine and warmth after a cold winter and tumultuous spring.

The transition from spring to summer can be a smooth one, unlike some other seasonal shifts that seem like a jolt to your system. 

And each season’s energetic influence is on a continuum where it builds to a peak, then falls, while the next seasonal force starts to build.

Spring has a drive and a goal behind it; a push in a very certain direction. 

And when the energy of summer is strong enough, that push and drive evaporates into more levity, fun, and aimlessness.

It’s a relief not to feel so responsible for once and just let things unfold that you’ve already set in motion.

Why You're Awesome or Awful at Planning Use the 5 Elements to Discover Personal Strengths and Weaknesses

Why You're Awesome or Awful at Planning Use the 5 Elements to Discover Personal Strengths and Weaknesses

Is planning a strong suit of yours?

Some people come by this ability naturally, while for others it's a struggle.

What gives? Is it how we grew up? Or maybe the personalities we've spent the most time around?

I'd say it's a little of both PLUS your own element, or personality type in Chinese medicine!

(What's your element? Find out here.)

The 5 elements, wood, fire, earth, metal, and water, make up our natural world as well as core parts of our personalities.

Everyone has access to all of the elements, but we tend to be dominant in one or two.

Understanding your elements can give you incredible insight into your daily behavior, relationships, and world view.

Today, we'll take a look at how these personality types stack up in their ability to plan.

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