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The Four Elements of Nature: Fire Represents Transformation


One of my favourite aspects of naturopathic medicine is its emphasis on connection with nature. Nature is everywhere around us, from the air we breathe, to the trails we walk on, to the plants in our house. Nature resonates at the vibration of health, and many studies have shown favourable health outcomes when exposed to nature including positive impact on mood, reduction in blood pressure and improvement in ADHD symptoms1.

Each element brings something different to nature. Fire at its roots represents balance. It can light up our night, but get too close and you’ll get burned. Forest fires themselves are a natural part of our ecosystems. When a forest is healthy it contains dead trees and decaying material; with fire, the nutrients return to the soil and nurture the forest further2. I see similarity between fire and our daily journey. Some days we have an inner fire burning strong, and we feel the creativity and motivation flowing. While if we take this too far, we may burn out. It is important to remember this when we are trying to navigate the ebbs and flows are our daily life. Like the forest fires, we too can have transformation emerge out of the tough times.


All that being said, you do not have to navigate the challenges on your own. As a naturopathic doctor, I help my patients create balance in their lives. By strengthening our stress response through quality sleep, nutrition, botanical medicine and supplements, as well as mindfulness and coping skills, the fire inside of us can shift to strength.

While researching for this article I found this quote that summarizes how fire reflects in our lives perfectly! If you feel like your health is starting to slip, or want to keep it strong, reach out to work together :)

“Big or small, gradual or sudden, change rhythmically punctuates human life. In the natural world, change is just as intrinsic and pattern-based. Seasonal fluctuations in temperature, shifts in sun light, and natural disturbances, like fire, are all part of nature’s cycle.

Most people resist change, especially change they consider destructive. Perhaps that’s why uncontrolled wildfires have been suppressed since the early 1900s. Fire can be damaging, and its effects certainly scar once verdant landscapes. But this destruction can also prove beneficial. In recent decades, ecologists and land managers have realized more fully how important fire is to the natural patterns of many ecosystems.”3

References:

  1. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160420-how-nature-is-good-for-our-health-and-happiness

  2. https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/how-forest-fire-benefit-living-things-2.htm

  3. https://www.nationalforests.org/our-forests/your-national-forests-magazine/how-trees-survive-and-thrive-after-a-fire

Disclaimer: Any information is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in place of professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health care practitioner with any questions or health concerns you may have.


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