Trust Your Earth Instincts

September 13th, 2016

Now that we’re in the Taoist season of Earth — later summer — it’s a good time to remind my Earth Element friends and students of this no-fail Taoist hack: To get out of the eddy of worry and confusion, Earth Element people can tap into one of their greatest gifts: their instincts.   It works, […]

Ask The Face

September 13th, 2016

For news of the heart, ask the face, suggests a wise West African proverb.     In the season of Fire, the season of love, we suggest that you ask your heart what makes you happy. When you know that, your face will reflect your heart’s happiness.    

Falling In Love – Who’s To Blame You?

September 13th, 2016

“You can’t blame gravity for falling in love,” said Mr. Einstein. Don’t blame anyone, said me. If it’s right and healthy and loving, just do it. Let yourself fall. It will be worth the trip. I promise.    

Summertime is Fire Time

September 13th, 2016

Summer is the Taoist season of Fire and therefore the season of Fire Element people. Fire people are romantic, charming, fun, radiant, and are motivated by love and their heart — the Fire Element organ in Chinese Medicine and Taoism.     Summer is a carefree time. Longer days, hot sun, balmy breezes, playful moods. […]

Winter-Water Season: A Time for Quiet, Introspection, Contemplation, & Dreaming

December 28th, 2015

A few days ago was the Winter Solstice, the first day of Winter. The longest night. The shortest day. The most Yin of the year. The least Yang of the year. The season of Winter is associated with the Taoist Five Element of Water. It’s a time of quiet,  introspection, calm, and contemplation. In this […]

Reading Santa’s Face

December 10th, 2015

Full, fleshy cheeks indicate you are confident, sensual, vivacious, practical, and you enjoy life. A student challenged those traits, saying they were contradictory: “You can’t be sensual, vivacious, and practical”, he claimed. “What about Santa Claus?” I asked. The class erupted in laughter, thinking I had just lost my own argument. Sensual refers to desires […]

In Bumpy Weather Would You Obey Joan Crawford? (Read Her Face!)

November 12th, 2015

Hollywood actress Joan Crawford may have started a trend among actresses and models when in the 1940s she had her back teeth removed to make her cheekbones more prominent. From a Mien Shiang perspective, prominent cheekbones connote authority. So, what happens when you look like you have authority, but you don’t actually possess that natural […]

Add Some Earth Energy/Qi to Your Environment

September 14th, 2015

Do you need a warmer, more comfy and comforting environment? You might need to bring some Earth Qi to your home, office, yard, or to yourself. Late Summer is the season for the Earth Element—a time to nurture ourselves, those around us, as well as our surroundings. You don’t need to suddenly go all shabby […]

Nature and Nurture : The Earth Element Personality

September 8th, 2015

There are two types of Earth Element personalities, Soft Earth and Mountain Earth. Most of Earth Element people’s problems in relationships are due to their boundary issues. When Soft Earth people care about you, no matter what your relationship, they want to mother you. When they are out of balance, though, it feels like ‘smother.’ […]

It’s Beginning — the Season of Earth Element

September 4th, 2015

The Earth Element season of Late Summer is represented by softer earthy colors, slower movement, and the blooms of summer ripening into sweet root vegetables, corn, and squashes. Earth energy is slow, grounded and comforting. This is the time to rest and harvest your garden and your emotions after the intense heat and vibrant energy […]