Inspiration becomes action and stillness becomes motion. Wind Element specializes in all movements.
Passing from the stability of Earth Element through the nourishment of Water and the transformation of Fire, we move into Wind.
Wind expresses in the principle of Inspiration and Activity.
Wind element organizes all of the movements that happen in the body. Everything from the movement of your joints to the expression of inspiration to action.
It expresses most prominently in autumn through the qualities dry, mobile, rough, irregular and light.
Because wind is movement, it’s also power. When you express undistorted wind element you have great, unforced capacity for work. You have great stamina and enthusiasm for life that arises naturally. You feel motivated and creative because the subtlety of wind element conveys inspiration.
Healthy wind also results in great capacity for abstraction and connection to unseen things. Focus comes naturally. Sleep comes easily and continues undisturbed through the night and you weather life’s difficulties without anxiety or excess stress.
When wind is in excess, from the outside, it may look to others like we “have it all,” but internally there might be a monumental struggle taking place. It might look like constant striving and achieving while developing a backlog of deep stress and anxiety. Sometimes just the practice of constantly analyzing, worrying or planning develops to the point where thinking about life replaces actually living it.
When wind runs down, we are exhausted and depleted. Our lack of enthusiasm and vigor is communicated through our feeble pulse. We lose the ability to connect to our life and circumstances.
What To Do?
With its tendency to inspire over-thinking, Wind Element might be the most Human of all of the elements. Living in our heads can replace living in our bodies. Multi-tasking may become an celebrated goal.
So the main remedy for Wind Element is to move back into your body and under-do. You can support this by connecting more deeply with stability and nourishment of earth and water elements. Finding rhythm in your daily life can create a channel through which Wind Element can properly express.
- Underdoing—practice saying “no”
- Slow yoga practice with long, deep holds; heart opening postures
- Yoga Nidra
- Turn off electronics after sundown
- Nadi Shodhana pranayama
Wearing jewelry with stones that have a grounding effect or protect against instability and transition.
- Regularity and rhythm
- Warm, cooked food
- Abhyanga and bucket-bathing
- Spending time with close, trusted, undemanding friends
What are some other ways you can think of to soothe excess Wind? Please share in the comments.
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