The Transition Season: Thrive in 3 Grounding Routines
As we stretch out into September, we find ourselves transitioning into the Earth Element season, encompassing late summer and early autumn. In traditional Chinese Element Theory, each season is associated with one of the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. The late summer to autumn period is characterised by the Earth Element, and it can bring with it a unique set of energies and even opportunities for personal growth.
In traditional Chinese philosophy, the elements are interconnected and influence one another. Fire is seen as the element that nurtures and supports Earth, just as the sun’s warmth and energy provide sustenance to the plants and the soil. This beautiful symbiosis is reflected in our own lives during the transition from summer to autumn. The vibrant and dynamic energy of summer (Fire) nourishes the grounded and stabilising energy of late summer and early autumn (Earth)
Oolong & Black Teas for Transition
An imbalance in the Earth element can manifest itself in many ways including a toll on our mental wellbeing. From worry, anxiety and overthinking to lack of concentration and difficulties expressing our nurturing side. The Earth element is associated with the ability to nurture yourself and others. An imbalance may lead to difficulty in self-care or caring for loved ones.
Calling on naturally sweeter, earth element oolong teas like The Contented Mind which features Fire element red Goji Berries to support this rebalancing earth blend can help you to unwind, rebalance and feel more uplifted.
Get a boost of support from Fire element black teas. As you sip on black tea like our Pumpkin Chai, take a moment to appreciate the interconnectedness of the elements in nature and within yourself. Let the warmth of the tea symbolise the support and nourishment you receive from the Fire Element during this Earth season.
Thrive in 3 Grounding Practices for Late Summer and Early Autumn
Grounding techniques are strategies that can help you stay connected to the present moment and have been reported to help reduce feelings of anxiety & emotional overwhelm. The effectiveness of grounding techniques can vary from person to person, so it’s essential to try different methods to determine which ones work best for you. Whilst your tea is brewing try a few recognised techniques and optimise those precious moments while your leaves unfurl.
5-4-3-2-1 Technique: Find a comfy spot, pour your water over the leaves and whilst the leaves steep in your head or out loud name five things you can see, four things you can touch, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste. It helps engage your senses and can help you appreciate your environment around you.
Visualizations: Imagine yourself in a safe and calming place – calling on nature take a meander through an ancient forest or a calm coastline. Visualize all the details of this peaceful place, imagine the feeling of springy moss beneath your feet or the crisp crunch of autumn leave – really try to immerse yourself in the mental image.
Finger Tracing: Select a tactile object – You can choose either your own hand or any nearby object with a distinct shape and texture. Focus your attention on the object and take moment to centre yourself & clear your mind as best as you can. The begin tracing; using one finger (usually your index or middle finger), start at one point on the chosen object or your hand. Slowly and gently trace the outline of the object or your hand. As you trace, focus on the tactile sensations you experience. Notice the texture, temperature, and any irregularities or unique features. Feel the physical contact between your finger and the object as you move along its contours.
The Earth Element season, bridging late summer and early autumn, is a time of transition and balance. Just as the elements in nature harmonise with each other, we can find our own equilibrium by embracing the qualities of the Earth Element. Choosing our tea in tandem with how we’re feeling to seek out nourishment what our body needs in the present moment. Coupled with grounding techniques you can navigate this season with intention and presence.