Mubeena talks us through Elemental Breathing.
When you are feeling disconnected, a quick but relaxing way to become grounded is through Elemental Breathing. The purpose of Elemental Breathing is to help us remain in the present by connecting us to Mother Earth. The four elements - air, fire, water and earth - are necessary for our entire existence. The breath - a sign of life - is our very first act upon birth. By harnessing the energy of these four elements through breathing, we are better able to focus our minds and honour our glorious connection to the universe.
The technique for Elemental Breathing takes only 16 complete breaths. These breaths are meant to be deep but gentle breaths. As you are breathing, it might help to visualise each of the elements. I have included a visualisation developed primarily from the teachings of Professor Inayat-Khan and many other healers. You may wish to develop a daily routine using Elemental Breaths, or just do it every once in a while as needed.
1. Air Breath: Breathe IN through the mouth and OUT through the mouth (4 times).
Hear the wind in the trees, fanning through the pine needles. Feel the breath of the universe. Feel the breeze on your skin. Watch the air bend the corn and ripple through waves of grain. Air moves in mysterious ways.
2. Fire Breath: Breathe IN through the mouth and OUT through the nose (4 times).
Feel the warmth of our life-giving sun on your skin. Fire lights our way in the dark with its fierce light. Fire gives us a boost of energy. This is the breath of surprise and radiance.
3. Water Breath: Breathe IN through the nose and OUT through the mouth (4 times).
Visualise ancient streams, deep pools of water and micro-droplets being drawn up though the roots of plants. Imagine soft rain drops dancing on leaves and petals. This breath is purifying, cleansing and refreshing.
4. Earth Breath: Breathe IN through the nose and OUT through the nose (4 times).
Feel yourself connecting and binding to the mighty strength of the Earth - its minerals, strong fibres, metals, and lush, deep soil. The earth holds us firmly. It grounds us, and gets us through a crisis with its nurturing, life-giving energy.