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Building Blocks of the Body: 5 Elements of Nature

Updated: Aug 17, 2022

The very nature of our being parallels the universal body, impacting our lives in all realms; mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Recognizing ourselves as the five elements - earth, water, fire, air, and space, allows for acceptance and healing - that we each are brilliant and divine, that our triumphs come from great courage and challenges can also be our greatest strengths and when we are in alignment with all realms of our true nature, we can find our wholehearted purpose.

According to eastern spirituality, the five elements of nature are the building blocks to a balanced and a good state of whole health. I invite you to sit with a notebook and take a moment to review the prompts for inquiry into your own mind body.

Earth or Prithvi

Earth is our great seat of life, it offers us stability and a safe ground to land. It is our body’s solid structures - bones, cartilage, muscles, tendons, skin, nails and hair. Earth’s sense is smell and organ is nose. Notice when our safety and stability is compromised, where in the body does that feeling or emotion arise?

Water or Jal

Water is our creative force that guides our flow in life. Necessary element for all bodily tissues, systems, and cellular makeup. Water’s sense is taste and organ is tongue. Notice when there is stagnation or feeling of being stuck in an area of your life, can you identify it?

Fire or Agni

Fire is a power source for transformation, to activate change. The body uses fire as metabolism for the digestive system, including the brain cells, body temperature, and thinking is processed. Fire’s sense is sight and organ is eyes. Notice when you are feeling confused and uncertain, what do you attribute that to?

Air or Vayu

Air is life’s pulse, movement. The body’s central nervous system is governed by the air element. It makes our heart throb, lungs expand and contract, allow us to breathe in and out life. Air’s sense is touch and organ is skin. Notice where your attention would be if you got your way in life.

Space or Akasa