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Being Held

The element of earth is the largest and most complex of the elements because all the other elements exist within Earth. I have italicized all the words that represent the qualities of the earth element to make it easier to see them at a single glance.

One of the most profound qualities of Earth is being held, not only when you were a baby, but developing friendships and relationships in your current life where you feel held at times by your friends and associates.
When your earth is healthy, you experience getting all the nourishment you need. You are creating situations where the fruit of your activities are continually providing you with the sweetness of life.

In order to create your life in a way that feels safe, you must develop firm boundaries. Your yes needs to be yes and your no needs to be no.

Earth ensures that we have good distribution in all areas of our life, and knowing when we have enough. Notice all the ways that we have an abundant harvest on every level—body, mind and spirit. Then we are nurturing a healthy earth element into being in our own unique world.

Attitude is a very important and vital aspect of health in all elements. Teaching ourselves to live constantly in an attitude of gratitude generates a powerful force that attracts more of what we are grateful for into our world.

We can nurture the element of earth within ourselves similarly to the way a mother truly loves her child. That love becomes a stable foundation for feeling safe and secure. Our spirit and soul love all our quirks and idiosyncrasies. All our "faults" connect to potential genius qualities. For example: impatience is connected to our passion for life.
Our greatest security comes from knowing that we are safe and loved. As a spirit and soul, we know that we are completely safe and unconditionally loved. It is our job teach that to our bodymind all during this lifetime. Every dysfunctional thing any of us does comes from not feeling safe and loved.

If we did not get the support or attention we needed growing up, we can act out in all kinds of dysfunctional ways, our psychological development fixated in some traumatic early stages, usually early childhood. As adults, we may still be crying out for love, support, attention or sympathy—acting out those fixations in unconscious attempts to get the attention we are missing.

Teaching our bodymind to feel safe and loved creates a stable loving foundation for every aspect of our life. If we didn’t get the nurturing that we needed growing up, we can cultivate and nurture all those qualities within ourselves as adults.

Excerpted from Body Intelligence, A New Paradigm by John L. Mayfield, D.C.
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