Space

As we play with our elements, transmuting them through the vessels of this earthly body, watching them play with this moment, this reality, we always have the opportunity to zoom out and see the bigger picture.

Istanbul, Turkey

This is space.

Where our planet lives as a speck among thousands.

Where every atom in our body is only half as big as the space between them. 

Tirthapuri, Tibet
Photo by Max Friedstein

When we see the beauty of our bodies and minds, and their ability to transmute the elements, we also provide them with space to do so. 

In the end, all we are doing is becoming the observer of our lives. 

Like watching a movie on a screen, or enjoying a river moving past us, providing space to our elemental experiences (which is all of our experiences in a way), gives us the opportunity to see the amazing magic at work in our lives and the countless lives around us. 

So, when fire feels too hot, or the water won’t stop flowing. When your body feels heavy as a rock, or you can’t seem to stop expanding, remember that just like a star in the sky you have space. You are space. You have time. You are time. 

And everything is working out in absolute divinity. Arising and passing as needed.

To the space in and around us that connects us all. May we remember this as our home. 

Tibet
Photograph by Max Friedstein

Fire

Illustration by Abigail Loevy

Fire is treacherous, difficult to control, and a threat for everyone on this planet at the moment. 

Fire can seem like a demon. 

I have found myself shying away from emotional fire because I am afraid of it. Then, while running backwards, I run right into it and I feel inflamed. 

When we come in contact with fire, it can feel encapsulating and yet, at the same time, fire has amazing capacity and can be invigorating. 

Here are some ideas I work through for myself on how to safely channel fire. 

Don’t take it personally

First, it’s important to recognize fire as simply energy. Whether it feels hot, angry, exciting, filled with adrenaline, sweat, or simply a desire to be active, these sensations in and of themselves are not a bad thing! Even hatred, a desire to rebel, or vengeance can be brought down to simply feeling a sensation towards something. 

Instead of defining your fire, allow it to be. 

Fire can often feel like an increasing enemy, whether it be an enemy that resembles self-sabotage, or the kind that feels like it is given to you by others. This can often scare us and cause us to become stressed or overwhelmed. 

Without hating the way we relate to ourselves and others fire, whether that be through external or internal circumstances, we always have the option to release our fiery grip. Allow fire to exist without actively engaging with it, no matter how sovereign that fiery anger may seem. When we try to mold or dismiss fire by grabbing onto it, we end up becoming the predator, and getting burned. When you notice fire, whether that be anger, adrenaline, excitement, hatred, etc. release the need to define it based on your own characteristics. For example, my fire becomes much easier to manage when it becomes a fire instead of Becca’s fire. Your fire, too, can become much easier to let go of when it just becomes a fire. Then, when others give you their fire, you can move it through you instead of defining it as yours or theirs. 

Relax blame

When we let go of how fire relates to us as individuals, we can begin to recognize how we all have powerful connection to fire. We can harness it and use it for good. Ultimately fire can be very destructive, but by letting go of taking fire personally, we take ourselves away from having to defend our lives and our fires as good, just, fair, etc. We then have more ability to see all of the fire at our disposal, and, yes, that means tapping into the fire that we hide from too!

Compassion

Changing our perspective on fire is a wonderful step into understanding the goodness burning brightly inside of each of us. There is a fiery light in creation just as much as there are fiery flames in the destructive parts of us! When we recognize this, we can slowly detach from defining others by their creations/destructions and begin to connect to those around us with compassion. 

If we want to save the planet, but half our time is spent hating half of the beings on this planet, it will make it very difficult to harness our fire energy into a good frequency. 

Start with forgiving yourself. 

Then take that beautiful, non-judgmental energy and send it onwards to your loved ones, to those you may not even know, and to those you may not feel as close to. 

When you get to your enemies, harness the fire of forgiveness that you have sent to yourself and those you love and let it keep spreading. 

This is compassion. 

This is our planet. 

Let us remain connected to one another and not define ourselves or others by each one’s relationship to fire. 

Actively letting go

Especially with fire there is a fear of becoming passive. When we become passive with fire it will consume us!! 

Yet, when we engage with fire it can easily engulf us.

I encourage the process of actively letting go. Let your fiery anger, your hatred, your ill will – no matter how justified it may seem – go. 

When we actively let go of our individual fire we fuel the larger fires we are connected to less and less. 

We give ourselves space to allow the other elements to charge and activate. 

Refuel with space, and trust in the healing that comes from that. 

There is breathing fire into the flame, which is aggression. There is standing watching the flame grow, which is passivity.  Then, there is turning around and actively walking towards the water hose. Let yourself move through those steps and perhaps the simplest of solutions will become clear, internally and externally, in your own personal daily life and in the planet’s daily life as well.

May we fill ourselves with the fire of compassion, gratitude, and forgiveness. Mother Earth works on these frequencies. She gives without reserve, even when we take too much. She has allowed us to live with her for millennia. Without judging us or blaming us, Mother Earth moves with steady patience and wisdom. She is consistent and clear. We are like her, we are of her, and we can tap into that resonance in any moment!

Water

Lake Muggelsee
Berlin, Germany

I am the explorer of the essence of everything.

Everything!

I have found my relationship to water to be one of the more difficult. With fire, I find fuel. With air, I find movement. With earth, I find laying on my back watching Netflix (haha). 

With water, I find illogical emotions. The kind that I endlessly try to classify with the help of external reasoning. Or solidify via an explanation based on my life experiences up to this point. For example, today I feel extra heavy and down. I feel like crying. My mind takes this information and tries to understand it by explaining why I might be feeling down.

Well…

Is it because I don’t have a clear purpose?

Is it because I don’t like the way I look?

Maybe I’m feeling inadequate, lonely, a failure? (Notice if your mind falls into judgment…)

Is it because …and so on and so on.

Let go of reasoning

What if it’s none of those things? What if it’s something else entirely? Better yet, what if it’s just an aspect of me that I’m being shown at this specific moment? 

When we relax our explanations of emotions, we give space for them to be fully expressed. 

OK. SO. I feel down today.

That’s it.

I feel…heavy.

I feel…tired.

I feel…cloudy.

Ok.

Ok.

Ok!

After letting go of reasoning, we can then fully let go.

Water is just moving energy. It’s fluid and passing. It’s impermanent.

Physically let it go! Whether it’s a scream, a sigh, a cry, a 5-second run. Whatever you feel is energetically being asked of you, go for it. Relax the need to plan out your release. You feel like being upside down. Go for it! And see, as you let the energy flow through you, if you can continue to release any expectations of how you should you feel or why you feel watery. 

Feel your body. Feel what it is sharing with you. Move when you feel the urge. Rest when collapse comes calling. 

Immediately. Energy, Divine Energy, is playing a childhood game with you. One that doesn’t need to last a certain amount of time, or transmute within a certain period. One that doesn’t require your judgment to exist.

Your day is you.

Instead of doing your life experiences, especially on a watery day, try being your life experiences. 

What does it feel like to be you when you walk, when you talk, when you eat. What does it feel like to be you when you don’t feel like walking, when you don’t feel like talking, and when you don’t feel like eating. 

Feel the day, the responsibilities, the interactions. They are not only a part of you, they are you. And they are sharing you with you. In the most open and loving way every experience is here confidently, saying with gusto, “I’m here to help you meet yourself!” Say hello. Release judgment. Move into the present moment.

So, my floating dreamer! Let those dams burst open and allow the waterfall. We need not be afraid of emotion. It’s when we confuse happiness with needing to cover up our sad, dramatic, wayward depressions that they become stiff and run into our bodies to hide away. 

Trust your heart, that it knows your mind. And that heart, being inherently filled with love-the love of simple existence-will always give you exactly what you need to release any harbored emotions and any heavy thoughts. Don’t get me wrong; you are so strong! So strong! But trust me that sharing your weakness is powerful in its own right.

Running is way more freeing without feeling the need to shoulder a backpack. Falling is much easier when you let go of the rope you hold on to. 

Lake Manasarovar, Tibet

Air

Ravnedans Festival
Kristiansand, Norway
Photograph by Simen Dieserud Thornquist

Movement. Hooting, howling, exhaling. Air is constantly shifting its contents through us in a variety of ways. Like the blood pumping through our veins, the digestive fire smoldering in our stomachs, or the earthy existence of our being, air is also a steady constant in our bodies, and one of the most readily noticeable too.

Becoming aware of breath

For me, air is the easiest quality to tap into. It flows with an invisible ease that I find so invigorating, and we can feel it moving by simple tapping into our breath. 

With every inhale and exhale, we have the opportunity to come back into the present moment. And, since our breath is constant, that means the present moment is always accessible to us through the breath, even when our minds feel very far away!

Becoming aware of the breath is one of the simplest tools we have, and one of the first things a yoga or meditation teacher will encourage you to engage with. 

Using the wind

Not only is our breath simply coming and going, but with each inhale and exhale we can also choose to actively send positive energies in and out of our body. We are air benders, and we don’t even notice it! (In fact, we bend all the elements inside of us; we are just now becoming more aware of it). By using the air quality that comes in and out of us so naturally through our breath, we can begin to send active love and kindness to us, through us, and towards the rest of the world around us. 

Air is a compassionate being, touching everything it comes in contact with. So, with a gentle, airy smooch, blow a kiss, and know that your thoughts-electromagnetic as they are-are floating on the wings of your breath to the world and the beings around you. 

How full of compassionate love we innately are!

Anchoring your balloons

As exciting and freeing as air is, it can sometimes be hard to settle and ground our air. As someone who is naturally full of air, I can attest to sometimes flying a little too high in the sky. 

The breath has and will always be a great way to come back into the body. I love this, because as air floats us up and away into the clouds, air also settles us back down into our bodies. It’s a perfect catalyst for understanding that when something is out of balance the answer is not to run away from it, but to go into it, see what is there, and work with it! 

For instance, today I felt like a hot air balloon. In the best of ways! I was getting a lot of things done, running around to many different places, and my brain was whirring on bicycle pedals that rushed me from thought to thought. When I get this way, I can easily forget my breath, and become overly excited with future prospects, long-winded ideas, and all the things I can do on a single exhale. 

It was in this spinning state of mind that I went to yoga and sat for a moment in meditation. Just by sitting, moving into my breath, and feeling all of my excitement, I was able to let it all pass through me easily. This, in a sense, was the anchor to my balloon. The body to my mind. 

I, for one, don’t like anchors. So I often run away from them! But they can be so helpful, and they give us the opportunity to let our big dreams (shout out to my fellow dreamers) time and space to settle, to pass through our bodies and our unlimited realities, and find their way into our manifestations. 

So, to my fellow hamsters whirring in the hamster wheel. Take a moment to step out and see the beautiful powerhouse that you are stirring into motion. Allow your balloon to deflate, to float to the earth for a moment. See your beautiful dreams and big ideas settle onto the ground and find their place in your life. 

This is the air that takes the seedlings from a tree and let’s them go when it’s time for them to root. This is the wind that can carry a feather across continents, but let’s the little guy settle from time to time in a floating, gentle place. 

Enjoy the never-ending air of you. Enjoy it when it’s speedy, when it’s slow, when it’s up, when it’s down. It’s floating you to all of the very best destinations. Let your belief that that’s true be carried on the universe’s wings. 

May we see the support that touches our skin all around us.

Earth

Mt. Kailash, Tibet

We. Are. Human. Beings.

It’s the only way we can do things. Is first with our beingness. 

As I’m writing this, I noticed a thought that I have about rest. One that says a human “being” is a perfectly nice and beneficial pastime but I’ll always have to prepare to go back into a human “doing”!!

That just does not have to be true. I’ve felt its falseness. 

The Earth, our mother, is a massive being. Take a moment to tap back into that unbelievable power. She has the ability to wipe out the entire human race, and yet continues to follow simple, steady elemental rules of arising and passing away. She is so in love with being that she can hold and support massive amounts of environments, species, and all types of beings (including the beautiful existence of you).

Imagine settling back into our mother, into the earth. Perhaps laying down on your back and letting your heart fall down, down, down into the back of you and through you. It is in this depth that we can start to scrape the surface of understanding how deep the cradle is that holds us. And what massive potential is tapped into our roots. 

Embrace your gravity and feel your body as it is. Not one that was, or will be. Whatever, however, your body is in this moment. With all its connections, manifestations, sensations. And feel how the earth is holding you and providing a space for you to explore this existence! What a precious time we have!

I suggest going somewhere open, somewhere connected to nature, somewhere you can feel the power of the Earth underneath you. Imagine that the layers and layers of molten rock that keep you from falling into the fiery core of the Earth are also layers and layers of energetic love that permeate this planet and every being on it. 

We are all connected. We are all arising and disintegrating into this beautiful Mother. 

Just by being, we are open to indescribable, untapped possibility. Just bask in your being beauty and recognize that no matter what you are doing, right now, it is an indescribable, unbridled possibility happening among thousands of indescribable, unbridled possibilities. 

Congratulations! No other moment will exist the same as this one! Enjoy it, you beautiful being!

Illustration by Abigail Loevy