It’s Memorial Day Weekend! The unofficial start of summer. There are parades to remember our Vets. There are barbecues that bring families together. I’ve been blessed to spend much of every summer on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampsire. Where the living becomes easier as the sun warms the sky during the summer. I have loved Lake Life for so many reasons but they all come back to one thing: Elemental Living. Here the elements (air, water,earth, fire) have an amazing way of blending together to form a union of full-living. Here the elements (air, water, earth, fire) conspire to bring you into a place where your soul comes forward easily and effortlessly.
The elements (air, water, earth, fire) represent various aspects of our being. Our Thinking, Our emotions, Our spirit and our physical bodies are all represented within the elements. When we come into a place that celebrates each of these, we allow healing to happen and our souls to shine. It’s so important to get out into nature to do this and, for me, there is no better place than to do it than at the lake.
The cool fresh air in the mornings allows you to freshen your thoughts. Walks in the day, breathing in the lake and the cool trails around it, allow one to clear their heads.
The water refreshes our emotions. Even today, during the cool weather of May, an invigorating (albeit quick) jump in the lake allows you to soften your emotions and embrace your spirit.
The glow of the sun and the height of the pines has the element of fire surrounding us during the days. This allows us, if we dare, to embrace that inner wisdom that is housed deep inside.
The earth: the moss that grows on the trees, the bark acting as skin to the many trees, the rustle of the leaves on the shrubs, plants and trees allows us to ground ourselves and connect with our physical being. Activities abound that allows us to connect back to our bodies strength.
All of this is why I love Lake Life. The bringing together of these elements allows me to center and move forward with passion. It allowed me to do this as a child at camp, it allowed me to do this as a lifeguard during teenage years and it allows me to do it now as an adult getting the R&R that we all need.
There are many ways to connect with the elements~ (and, not all are about going outside.) How do you connect with the elements? Do you love lake life? Do you go to the seashore? Do you garden? Do you have an aquarium in your home? Do you go to a museum and connect via the art?