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The Elements Meditation

Since the days of cave man and cave woman, people have been meditating on the elements. Each element can be focused on individually or all can be understood together, but the emphasis is the same: we are composed of and interactive with elements every moment. This realization is true self-discovery. The meditation techniques themselves are very elemental:

  • See yourself as earth - your hair, skin, bones, teeth, and all solid parts are made of elements, minerals, and chemicals. Everything on earth has earth in it. See yourself as merged with the earth.


  • See yourself as water - your blood, lymph, mucous, urine, sweat, tears, all the fluid in every cell of your body, and everything on earth is connected to water. See yourself as merged with water.


  • See yourself as air - your lungs fill with oxygen 21,600 times a day, 7,884,000 times a year; your red blood cells carry oxygen to every cell in your body. You have many other gasses within you and without you. There is an infinite gaseous exchange going on and it's all part of the air; cows and plants give off methane and filter carbon dioxide to produce oxygen - all life on earth interplays with the air. See yourself as merged with air.


  • See yourself as fire - every cell in your body is activated by energy and all energy is activated by the firing of atoms. Every atom is an explosion of fire and an emanation of the sun and its fire fuels all life on earth. See yourself as merged with fire.


  • See yourself as ether - there is space within you, and within and without every atom. There is space that extends infinitely within and without the earth's atmosphere everywhere in the universe. See yourself as merged with ether.


  • See yourself as prana - the primal source. That energy from which earth, water, air, fire, and ether come is prana. It is the source and sustainer of all forms. It is the lowest common denominator of everything. It is the ultimate true identity of everything everywhere.


  • Identify yourself with prana and extend infinitely as pure blissful consciousness.

     

    The Meditation Society of America

Apaan Mudra

This mudra helps to clear the body by eliminating waste matter from the mouth, eyes, ears, nose, etc. It relieves constipation and is also helpful when urine is obstructed.

Method

Join the tip of your thumb with the tips of your middle and ring fingers, keeping the other fingers straight.


 


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