Air, water, fire, earth. Take away any one and life cannot exist. If just one is polluted, all of life suffers – and not only physical life. Take air, for example. Polluted air is not just about fumes: it is also a dark reflection of hubris and imbalance in our social and spiritual lives. And it furthers the imbalance by increasing our isolation, for when the skies are black with smog, who wants to leave home to visit with their neighbour? Thus, like all the other elements, air has symbolic as well as physical value. In fact, air is at the heart of inspiration, for it comes from the Latin word meaning “to breathe” – so to inspire is, literally, to breathe in air!