“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Walking on a country road in Oregon in June is a breath taking experience….well perhaps it is more of a breath giving experience for the lusciousness of nature is stunning! This day my walk was to disconnect from a computer screen and to extend my entire being into the nature that grounds me and often provides very wise counsel.
Most always I am inspired to write by and within the presence of nature, and this day was no different. As I walked I happened to glance upwards and there was a rather large bird with wings outspread catching the wind so that almost no effort was asked to simply be a graceful, effortless presence in the air. As I kept walking I noticed that the bird stayed with me circling over and over….and then when I stopped to have direct contact the bird came directly overhead and did a very tight circle over my head.
Then it came. The title to this blog post was to be Circle of Breath. Once I had gotten that and was pleased with myself for picking up the message from above….the bird disappeared – literally. Well that was clear!
Nature is often like this and holds daily messages and reminders for us if we will only stop our endless, and sometimes frantic, daily business – and just simply breathe. The breath truly is a bridge that connects and unites our body to our thoughts, and if smooth, natural, and easy, there will be no disconnects.
Circular breathing has been used for many thousands of years as a vehicle to access higher states of consciousness as in meditation, for downloading stress and imbalances, releasing old patterns from the body/mind, and certainly for musicians playing wind instruments (which is a very special technique).
It is also a natural rhythm for our being – inhale connected to exhale with a couple of pauses thrown in for good measure. We come into this world and the circle begins at our first breath, and it is not broken until our last breath out.
The circle represents all encompassing cosmic unity. Everywhere you look will be found this symbol from the stars and planets to the shape of our eyes. In many cultures the circle is a sacred symbol and has many meanings, among them wholeness, unity, inclusion, union and focus.
As our breath circles within our body life is sustained and we come into union with every other life form. For your breathing pleasure please go to the The Earth Breathing video below (which I have presented in a past post)…..and just be still in nature at least once daily this week to simply be present to what is being revealed, and to breathe with the Earth.