Finding orientation, stability & grounding in the four directions:
East: Air, breath & inspiration
South: Fire, transformation & action
West: Water, feeling & reflection
North: Earth, balance & wisdom
"We begin in the East, toward the rising sun. The element of the east is air. Air and breath give us life. It is the direction of inspiration – the word that literally means to take in air. Turning toward the east, we look for a fresh start, an invigorating breath, a new idea.
We move around the wheel to the south. The element of the south is fire. Fire is a transformative force, it is heat and light and powerful change. When our internal weather gets cold, turning south is a metaphor for turning toward warmth and daylight, seeking out the changes that will warm us up, get our blood moving, call us out of our winters, out of hibernation, into action.
Continuing around the circle, we arrive in the west. The element of the west is water. In the west, we are drawn into the experience of our emotions. Our emotions move in us like water, flowing through our lives, sometimes calm and sometimes turbulent, but always flowing. It is a direction that calls us to self-reflection and self-understanding.
We move now to the North. The element of the North is earth. There is stability here, the ground of our being. The north represents the place that holds us, that allows us time and space to heal and grow, to feel nurtured and respected. It is also the place of embodiment, of connecting with our physical self, with the concrete, tangible world around us." Julia Hamilton, Meditation on the Four Directions
This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.