In Buddhist philosophy, the physical body is gifted at birth with the four essential elements: earth, water, fire and air. These elements compose all qualities of the physical world in which we live including our own bodies. At the time of one’s death, each element is released as one returns to pure spirit.
practice: Connecting with the Elements
- Make an altar with an offering for each element
- Meditate on your physical experience of earth, water, fire and air
- Recognize the elements as essential beings with qualities and wisdom that can be called upon for balance, harmony and health
- Incorporate a feature of each element into your living space, such as Feng Shui
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