Preparing & adapting to change by Maria Efraimoglou

11/04/2020, Maria Efraimoglou, Founder, Euphoria Retreat

Euphoria Retreat's Founder, Marina Efraimoglou uses the language of the five elements (the cornerstone of Euphoria Methodos) to help us better navigate through the inevitable changes that are coming due to the Coronavirus.

Most of us are now almost one month into quarantine. While we are learning to adjust to this situation and getting into a new rhythm, there are also certain things that we are really starting to miss. So what can we do to make the most of this time? How can we reap the benefits and address the challenges, but also prepare and adapt to the inevitable changes that are coming?

First, we need to consciously ‘fill up our own cup’ as much as possible. To do this we need to work on our Earth Element - that of balance and harmony. This is the element that helps us nourish both our physical bodies, but also our souls. As the planet itself is taking time to heal, it is a great opportunity to ground our own earth element and rediscover our relationship with nature.

Our lives have slowed down, giving us more time to:

  • relax, daydream and sleep more (water element)
  • exercise in a centred way without unduly exhausting ourselves, boosting flexibility in our bodies and minds (wood element)
  • connect in a meaningful and joyful way with the people that matter most to us (fire element)
  • take care of our nutrition, rejoicing again in the pleasure of healthy home-cooked meals (earth element)
  • take the opportunity to really think about what we want with our lives.

To question why we are here, both as a collective but more importantly as a separate entity with unique gifts to bring to the world. Reflect on what we have to let go and open up to the good that will arise (metal element)

Personally, what I have missed over these last weeks is the sense of freedom. But I also realise that self-awareness and self-acceptance is the starting place of true freedom.

In uncertain times this is our most powerful weapon. It will reignite the light of hope and give us the opportunity to become agents of change.


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