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@lobster's mention of element based meditation reminds me of a great book I read. It is called Living as a River and is based on the 6 elemental practice with modern science and psychology thrown in. It was a great read and helped me a lot when I first seriously contemplated Buddhist practice. Here is some info http://www.bodhipaksa.com/presskit-K11466-LivingAsaRiver-Bodhipaksa.pdf
Yes, the 6-element practice is interesting. It's based on the six properties of a person in MN140. You can look at the 6 elements as a form-heavy alternative to the 5 aggregates.
"'A person has six properties.' Thus was it said. In reference to what was it said? These are the six properties: the earth property, the liquid property, the fire property, the wind property, the space property, the consciousness property. 'A person has six properties.' Thus was it said, and in reference to this was it said."
I rather like the seven factors of enlightenment.
@lobster said:> Passive assistance or passive resistance?
I'm beginning to favour active disengagement.
I am a Monty Python fan and therefore rather silly...