What’s Holding You Back from Living Life Fully?

  • Earth — grounding, centering, stable
  • Wood — growth, vitality, clarity
  • Fire — energy, resolve, passion
  • Water — gentleness, resourcefulness, nurturing
  • Metal — rationality, intuition, discipline
The Chinese Five Elements

Modern Version of the Five Elements

When I share the Chinese five elements with my American friends, it can seem esoteric or culturally irrelevant, so I’ve learned to frame it differently.

  • how strong are you, could you physically assist someone in an emergency
  • how flexible are you, can you move your body without straining or injuring yourself
  • how much stamina do you have, could you run into or out of a situation if you need to
  • how much do you invest to learn and grow to avoid being a modern-day Luddite
  • do you have childlike awe of the world and everything in it
  • how clear and focused are you on where you are going in your life and how you will get there
  • how open and connected do you feel with those you care about and those you meet
  • how emotional literate are you; being able to discuss your emotions openly and honestly
  • do you practice emotional regulation to avoid damaging your relationships with those you care about
  • is your life connected to something bigger than you
  • do you have any desire to leave a legacy that serves your community
  • do you connect daily with a sense of awe and wonder for the world you live in
  • do you feel rushed and harried or are you able to enjoy your day
  • do you feel that there are an abundance of resources available to help you achieve your goals, dreams, and desires
  • do you give yourself the space needed to be alone to rest, recuperate, and connect with yourself
  • they exercise regularly
  • they nurture and support their relationships with themselves and others
  • they are life-long learners investing an hour a day in learning
  • they’re on a mission to make the world a better place
  • and they are able to enjoy the benefits of their service, living well and taking care of themselves



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Charles Doublet

Charles Doublet

Life-long learner and idea machine.