Working With The Four Elements Contemplations

Mindfully contemplating the subjective experience of the Four Elements: Earth, Wind,Fire, and Water is mentioned in the Four Foundations of Mindfulness Discourse as part of the category “Mindfulness of the Body”.  During the talk, Peter describes the characteristics of each Element, along with how they can be useful for interrupting internal “selfing stories”.  This talk is meant to be accompanied by the recording in the archives entitled “Four Elements Contemplation”.  Those present for the meeting shared their experiences during the meditation and sought clarification regarding the topic.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  Working With the Four Elements Contemplations


Guided Four Elements Contemplation

This guided meditation provides suggestions for contemplating what are called the Four Elements: Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water.  These contemplations are embedded within the Four Foundations of Mindfulness Discourse.  Peter describes the subjective characteristics of each of the Elements and suggests different areas of the body to mindfully investigate their nature.  This guided meditation is intended to accompany the Dharma talk entitled ” Working With The Four Elements Contemplation”, which explains how developing proficiency in this training exercise interrupts hindering internal chatter and supports differentiating the separate characteristics of physical sensational awareness and co-occurring fabricating function of the mind.  This understanding increases one’s ability to “deconstruct” belief in an enduring/autonomous self.