“Everything you need to know about life is in one breath.”
–Dewitt Jones, Photojournalist
After listening to the recent interview with Dewitt done by Sheila Finkelstein of Picture to Ponder I was brought back again to what an important tool and a metaphor for life the breath is. You fill yourself up and then the biological imperative is that you must give it back out. We, at times, attempt to hold our breaths thinking that it will make us “safe”and nothing bad will happen. Amelia Earhart said “Who wants a life imprisoned in safety?”
That is what holding our breath is about. You can’t not breathe – but you can, if you choose to do so, contract away from your own life experience and the calling and relationships that may be asking you out to play, create, and experience life fully, by shallow breathing or holding the breath.
You have to breathe! Taking in a full breath fills you, gives energy, stimulates natural biological processes, and expands your potential for excitement about life and the contribution that you naturally have to bring.
Your contribution is then present in the exhale. A giving out of the fullness that you have just taken in from a place of enough – to sustain, support, and create new life. For within the exhale a space is created to bring in more.
There is always enough, and for most living things this process is on automatic. It is something that we can trust and relax into, especially during particularly difficult or stressful times. Can we use the breath as a tool for recognizing the wealth and potential that is our life now?
Soft belly, relaxed shoulders, face and mind at peace – take time NOW to enter a Breathing Space of fullness.
Take that full breath and move, breathe and listen to Words From The Hopi Elders:
( from the album Songs of the Earth – Majbritte Ulrikkeholm & Søren Frieboe) The music video was filmed by Majbritte Ulrikkeholm & Søren Frieboe . Listen to the album on www.majbritteulrikkeholm.dk)
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