The timing for each of the elements in my Painted Diaries exploration this month seems to be spot on. Last week, while I was working with the Earth element, I found myself out on the land at EarthHeart, in the beautiful Forest of Dean. This week, as I’ve been exploring my relationship with the element of Water, I’ve had a streaming cold. While I was making the pages, I sat at my desk with steam from my essential oil diffuser billowing around me. It was all very atmospheric!
Here are the watery pages from the last few days. I hope you enjoy them. And I hope they inspire you to wonder: what does the element of Water mean to you?
I love how, while many of the associations with the elements seem obvious, there are always ones that take me by surprise. For example: laughter. Who knew that it might be connected to Water? It seems that for me it is. I am now thinking of all sorts of ways to bring more laughter into my life.
Current ideas: Hang out with girl friends, watch comedy movies, and be silly! Do you have any suggestions of how to laugh more?
Note: Sealskin, Soulskin is a wonderful selkie folktale which I read in Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ magnificent book, Women Who Run With The Wolves.
‘Ideas, creativity, life itself thrives on moisture.’
– Estés, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola. Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype (p. 275).
These last two pages were originally meant to be a space to write a prayer, recipe, ritual or invocation. Instead I found myself wanting to make these statements. I had not yet included sensitivity and knowing as qualities associated with Water. Suddenly they struck me as two of the most important ones! So it feels right to devote lots of space to each of them.
Wishing you all a lovely week. Next up: Fire!