Are You The Earth Type?
Are you enjoying a look into Chinese Five Element Theory? Let’s continue by learning more about those people who are governed by the Earth element (not sure which element governs you? Check out THIS post)
When someone is governed by Earth, they are strongly influenced by balance and stability.
EARTH TYPE - EMOTIONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Earth people are compassionate and incredibly nurturing; this is closely related to the concept of “Earth Mother” in that Earth types naturally offer spiritual and emotional support to others. Earth types are inherently grounded, practical, and agreeable. In Chinese medicine, Earth types are considered the ‘glue’ that holds the other four elements - fire, metal, water, wood - together. Earth people tend to be sociable, relaxed, attentive, and sympathetic. Those who are governed by earth are therefore peacemakers who prefer to mediate a situation rather than engage in conflict. Earth types are extremely loyal friends and wonderful caretakers.
EARTH TYPE - PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
Physically speaking, Earth people have a yellowish or golden complexion, a squarish face, and distinct jawline. Earth types tend to have large, expressive facial features, especially mouths and lips. People governed by earth have strong, muscular bodies, and can build muscle tone easily. The Earth body type is pear-shaped, with a smaller upper body and rounded hip/buttocks.
Celebrity earth types include Jennifer Lopez, Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer
EARTH TYPES - IN BALANCE
When Earth people are balanced, they are calm and steady at heart and take their time doing things. When in balance, Earth people feel incredibly grounded and have a great deal of patience when dealing with others. They enjoy providing care and nurturing for those whom they care about.
In balance earth types are:
EARTH TYPES - OUT OF BALANCE
When Earth people are imbalanced, they are prone to feeling like they are in a constant state of worry and over-thinking. Because of their nurturing and protective nature, Earth types can become overprotective and find themselves constantly worried about the happiness of others. When out of balance in this way, Earth people become addicted to being needed; they are clingy, too eager to please, and unable to ask for help. When imbalanced, Earth people can become overbearing and their groundedness turns into impractical stubbornness. Earth people can suffer from extreme cravings for sugary foods, acne on chin/upper cheeks, and digestive problems such as gas, bloating, and difficulty losing weight.
Out of balance Earth types are:
Can’t think clearly
Feel clingy and too eager to please others
Suffer from lethargy and digestive disorders
EARTH TIPS FOR BETTER HEALTH
If you are governed by Earth, ensure to support your digestive system by avoiding congesting foods (like sweets and dairy) and eating warm, nourishing meals. Eating smaller portions at regular intervals also pacifies the Earth element, so no skipping meals all day then binging at dinner! Try to eat your foods in a calm, intentional manner where you concentrate on just simply eating rather than multi-tasking.
Try to avoid very humid weather, and be sure to get adequate and regular exercise. Incorporate calming practices such as meditation to take your mind away from a worried state. Put yourself on the priority list and make time for self-care. Talk to your acupuncturist about Chinese herbs that can help support your liver and digestive system.