“Are you breathing just a little and calling it life?” Mary Oliver
“If you try to comprehend air before breathing it, you will die.” Mark Nepo in The Book of Awakening
Following this quote by Mark Nepo is a very brief story about a Hindu sage centuries ago. “One day in the morning of their morning prayers, the sage suddenly rose and ushered his students away from the monastery. He rushed about them and shooed them like little ducks back into life, proclaiming, “The day is to be experienced, not understood!”
Every activity in life is an act of making divine and sacred love. What could be more sensual than simply breathing?! …and as Mary Oliver questions how fully are you really breathing/living!!
We arise in love with every inhale we take as we receive into our bodies the lover of breath. Without conscious awareness we open ourselves to receive this gift and then complete the circle as we exhale back out giving to other life forms around us. The trees and plants embrace our carbon dioxide and give back to us the oxygen that we crave. Interconnected.
Sensuality is completely enjoying and fully appreciating what the senses give to us in any given moment. If breath was your lover it would be so much more enjoyable to allow it to be all that it is meant to be so that it could make love to you. Not a technique or an understanding of breaths anatomy and physiology, but pure unadulterated pleasure and acceptance in feeling the breath move in and out.
You can hear breath moving in and out, but cannot see breath. I sometimes wonder if we could see breath what it would look like – the pure energy of love itself? No one knows exactly what causes the heart to beat or how that first air breath is ignited when we are born into this world. All we know is that at first it feels something foreign to our being having come from a watery world…and then we experience the kiss of breath and are never the same again.
Our bodies undulate – open and then surrender – with each breath we take if we have welcomed the fullness of breath into our being. Our voice can be heard by others and our songs can tenderly touch the parts of us that are yearning to dance. This is not something that we try to comprehend. We are simply and sensuously breathing.
Deeply within our blueprint lies the part of us that accepts simply being breathed…a metaphor for life lived in alignment with the creative force that resides within. One can know this place in any moment….slippery dolphin touch teaching you to embody the movement and sensuality of breath, dark earth and evergreen smells as reminders of where you have come from, wind sounds wrapping themselves around like the finest of silky garments, tastes of air across palate, slithering past the fine hairs that line your nasal passages, lying with another and joining breath as if weaving a fine art piece, lustily laughing a series of exhales which then welcomes the in breath with open arms.
How could you ever go back to taking breath for granted? It enlivens, paints, sculpts, expands, awakens and enhances your life with every inhale and exhale, cherishing you as no other can.
Will you cherish breath and experience the sensuality of life? Re-member…..you innately know how!