Nature is made up of five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether.
This time, we're going to look at the adaptable and flowing water element. We'll look at how reconnecting with this important aspect of nature can teach us valuable lessons about our inner and outer worlds.
We first come into contact with water in the undulating sea of our mother's womb, floating in the dark and warm current of amniotic fluid. It's no surprise that we identify strongly with the many creation myths that emphasize the role of water. Our bodies confirm the presence of water in our beginnings and the Great Beginning of life on this planet.
Consider the various forms of water. Do you ebb and flow like water? Are you as hard as ice? Are you smoldering and bubbling? Or do you feel stuck and sluggish? Whatever resonates with you today, you can be certain that, just as water changes and adapts constantly, so will you.
Water - The Healer:
Water is the element of emotion and wisdom, particularly the wisdom of age. It represents a time past the peak of livelihood, moving toward the end of the cycle. Water has incredible healing power for the human mind, body, and spirit.
Because of its therapeutic properties, water can benefit people physiologically and psychologically. It has been known for thousands of years to help cure illness, refresh the body, and relax the mind. Water has been one of the most effective elements in the treatment of illness and injury since ancient times.
The Ganges river is still considered sacred in the East. Water deities such as Ganga, Sarasvati, and Yami govern the rivers that flow through India, with Apam Napat representing the god of fresh water, including lakes.
Water was revered as the center of life and a source of divine energy in many ancient cultures. From bathing, fishing, travelling, and drinking to worship, mystery, and power, there is something for everyone. Water, along with Wind, Earth, and Fire, is one of the four known basic Elements that represent the substance of the world, according to many races and tribes. Water in its physical form is required to live because one must drink or absorb some form of it, as life - whether plant, animal, or sentient life - appears to rely heavily on this element in order to survive.
Water is associated with the Svadhisthana chakra, according to ancient Eastern wisdom. This second or sacral chakra, which is located around the lower belly, represents fluidity, femininity, sensuality, joy, the ability to ‘go with the flow,' freedom, and the power of creativity. When we connect with water and raise its energy within us, we also improve these qualities in our minds and bodies.
Perhaps it is due to the fact that water covers approximately 70% of the planet, which is mirrored in the fact that our bodies are approximately 60% water. Perhaps it is the vast expanse of unexplored ocean, the stories of sea-travels, whirlpools, mysterious disappearing vortexes in the middle of the sea, or the mysterious dark deep depths with almost alien creatures swimming through them.
Whatever it is, water retains its mystique and allure, and if we can begin reconnecting with it in small ways in our own lives, we will be one step closer to reclaiming our ancient, natural human selves.
Tune into Water
Sound Waves: Spend some time by a fountain, listening to the water's flow and pondering its invitation to your own life. Pay attention to areas where water wants to surge up and refresh you. Take note of nearby streams, rivers, and other water sources, and sit with the flow of the water.
Listening to the soothing sounds of water for an extended period of time allows the mind to ‘tune out' and can even aid in sleep. Waves, according to scientists, sound like a soothing voice telling us not to worry.
Petrichor: Remember the beautiful scent that we get tantalized with when rain pours down on the earth? Petrichor is the aroma that emerges when rain falls on previously dry earth, and it is said to be one of the most pleasing scents humans enjoy. The sense of smell is extremely powerful in and of itself, and when we spend time in nature after a rain, our ability to smell certain beneficial scents can be enhanced.
Take a moment to smell the trees, leaves, and earth the next time you go for a walk after it has rained. Trees and plants also produce beneficial natural chemicals known as phytoncides, which have an impact on our immune system and mood levels.
Ocean Breath: Begin your meditation or mindfulness practice by taking your pulse and reflecting on the life-giving blood and water coursing through your veins.
This type of breath is referred to as ‘ocean breath' by Max Strom, a teacher, speaker, and author of A Life Worth Breathing, because it sounds similar to waves on the sea. Ujjayi breath can help to stimulate the vagus nerve, which connects the brain and the gut while also relaxing the nervous system. Visualize waves gently lapping against the shore as you practice this breath.
Cold Water Therapy: While it is critical to interact with cold water in a safe manner, especially when doing so outdoors, regular cold water experiences can do wonders for the mind and body.
Humans have been immersing themselves in cold water since the beginning of time, and doing so on a regular basis allows us to reconnect with a primal, wild part of ourselves. Start with a few seconds of cold, revitalizing water in the shower to see how it feels.
Planet Earth is viewed as an irregular ball immersed in water from a spiritual standpoint, as seen through spiritual channels. If life is the sacred gift of the earth, then water is the custodian of life. Almost all living beings have a large amount of water in their bodies; water helps them perform their functions.
Water is frequently associated with emotions, art, time, and, in particular, healing and philosophy. It has the depth of a philosopher's soul and is an artist's inspiration, but its unpredictable nature forces them to rely on it. Water gives a lot, but it also takes a lot back. And there's more. According to an old proverb, he who obtains everything from the Water Goddess will lose everything to her.