It is said that the source of unhappiness in our lives comes from our identification with the body and the mind. We can only be happy if we stop the identification with the body and the mind, believing that is who we are. Yoga and meditation are practices that bring the awareness of us as the observer of the experiences, reducing the attachment to the body and mind. Neti Neti meditation is a powerful tool we can use to grow on this understanding of the self.
The Earth Element in Chinese medicine is associated to the stomach and spleen meridians. Earth is about stability, grounding and clear foundation of our lives. It is also about nurturing and interconnectedness. A balanced Earth element and a healthy stomach and spleen meridians will manifest in sociable personality with a strong foundation in life. When this element is out of balance we can experience physical diseases associated to the stomach and spleen meridians and mental or emotional disturbances.