10/11/2012 12:21 am ET Updated Dec 10, 2012

Finding Wisdom in Your Place of Power

When the daily grind has ground you to dust, you can get your bearings and return to your soul by lifting your head and looking out to the horizon: to the east, the south, the west and the north.

Around you right now are the compass points of creation, the four sacred elements of life: air, fire, water, and earth. What lies in each direction from where you are right now?

From wherever you are, turn and face the East. Take three deep breaths and feel the power of the rising sun awaken in every cell in your body. Feel your mind open, and your sight clear. Give thanks for the power to discern, to listen, and to express yourself.

Turn to the South and take three deep breaths. From where you are right now, feel the fire of creativity, of sexuality. Let the heat of summer warm your blood and fill your heart. Give thanks for the power of connection, of passion, and the pure joy of being alive.

Now turn slowly and face the West. Let three cleansing breaths flow through you like healing waters. Feel the power of love and compassion surge through your body, mind, and soul. You are free, in this moment, to feel what you feel, and then to just let it go. Give thanks for power to merge, and to return again to yourself.

Finally, from where you are right now, turn and face the North. Breathe deeply three times, notice how the Earth smells here. Feel the solidity of your bones holding you up, feel the gravity that holds you close to this earth. Give thanks for your health, your body, your place in the circle of life on this precious planet.

You stand at the center of your own sacred circle. Your view to the horizon will change, you may find yourself in another hemisphere with different elements in each direction. But you will always be at the center of your own circle, your own life. May you be blessed, may you walk in beauty, may you always return to your place of power.

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