Having a clear vision for what you want to create in your life can bring you a deeper sense of meaning and purpose. Once you’ve established that vision, it’s important to follow through in order to turn your vision into action. Unfortunately, many people struggle when it comes to combining these two elements—vision and action.
If you’re like a lot of people, you might find it difficult to know what your vision actually is. In such cases, you might be running around trying to “do” things, but feel like you’re getting nothing accomplished.
At other times, you might know exactly what you want to do, but for whatever reason, you have a hard time finding the motivation to take action. In either case, it’s natural to feel frustrated and out of alignment.
If you want to understand how to turn your vision into action, all you have to do is look at the seasons of spring and summer (or the elements of Wood and Fire).
In this blog, you’ll learn how to blend vision and action by harnessing the energies of Wood (spring) and Fire (summer). You’ll find several easy steps you can take in order to channel these seasons’ wisdom in your own life.
Harnessing Vision and Creativity
Spring is the season for creativity, inspiration, and vision. In some of our previous blog posts, we shared how spring is the perfect time to overcome limiting beliefs and establish a renewed vision for what you want to create in the world.
If you look around during springtime, you’ll see that nature is effortlessly embodying these lessons. In gardens and forests, new plants sprout forth from earth, bursting through the topsoil to reach the sunlight, and newborn animals take their first steps.
In a very real sense, organisms everywhere are redefining themselves through growth and transformation. If we let this energy channel through us, we can use it as ‘fuel’ for our own process of creativity and progress.
Practicing Qi Gong in nature is a great way to harness the inspiration and vision-setting potential that springtime offers. If you step outside and welcome the fresh air and warm sunlight, you’ll naturally feel these qualities surrounding you.
Another way to channel these qualities is to make a conscious decision to open your mind to the possibilities that life offers. By immersing yourself in nature and allowing yourself to see beyond your normal day-to-day activities, you’re able to connect to your larger truths—the things that you most deeply want to create in your life.
Allow the intentions and aspirations that you experience in moments when you’re most connected to become your vision for the future. Then, write your vision down and get excited to bring it into fruition.
Summer: The Season of Action
If spring is the season for gaining clarity in your life, summer is the season to turn your vision into action! During the year’s hottest months, the world is alive and in movement.
Summer is connected to the Fire Element, which embodies the qualities of love, joy, and excitement. Harnessing these gifts can help you take action and live out your dreams. The season’s energy of “doing things” is largely what drives people to go to the beach, go camping, or travel during the summer.
Because summer and the Fire Element are connected to love and passion, the summer months are also a great time to elevate the relationships in your life. This applies to both your romantic relationships, relationships with friends and family, and your relationship to yourself.
When you blend fun activities with people you care about, you can create ecstatic life experiences—the kinds of experiences that provide meaning and make you feel most alive.
In addition to creating exciting experiences with loved ones, summer can also be a great time to channel your excitement to pursue work aspirations. If there’s a project or job that inspires you, the energy of summer can give you the passion you need to take action and succeed.
Channeling the Seasons’ Energies to Turn Your Vision into Action
Just as the world needs spring in order to have summer, we need to have a clear vision in order to take the right actions. When you blend the two together, it’s easier to tap into your full potential and create a fulfilling life. There are a few simple steps that can help you channel these seasons’ energy in your own life.
Since spring precedes summer, it’s best to start by focusing on the gifts that springtime offers—creativity and vision. To do this, set aside some time to step into nature, let go of stress, and open your mind to the possibilities of life. If you can do some Qi Gong for Spring exercises as well, that can help you further cultivate a clear vision for yourself.
You can’t rush this process, it may take a bit of time. However, by intentionally cultivating the gifts of springtime, it becomes much easier to gain perspective and clarity on your vision and goals. Once you do, write down your vision and commit to it. Also, be sure to include the concrete steps you can take.
After you establish your vision, it’s time to make things happen. This is where you integrate the gifts of summer.
To bring your vision into fruition, it’s wise to start taking action immediately after you establish your intentions. You probably won’t be able to accomplish all of your goals right away, but by getting started, you’ll begin moving your energy in the right direction so that it aligns with your vision. In other words, by setting your vision and taking action, you’re able to blend these energies together.
When you take these steps, you’ll feel an immediate sense of empowerment as you establish momentum for yourself. Of course, you’ll need to remain consistent, but it feels amazing to know that you’re on the right path.
At the time of publishing this blog post, we’re quickly approaching the beginning of summer. To help you transition from spring to summer and harness the season’s potential, be sure to check out our Summer Workshop.
‘Jumpstart’ Your Summer Activities…
In our Qi Gong for Summer Workshop, Lee teaches powerful practices designed to activate the season’s gifts of joy, love, excitement, and action. When these energies are rich within you, it’s easier to follow through with your vision and create the experiences that feel most nourishing and rewarding.
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