TREE BREATHING

 

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“Remember you are a breathing being, alive right now and here. Let yourself feel the mystery and the miracle of your breath and your life as often as you can.” 

Dennis Lewis from The Ten Secrets of Authentic Breathing

Trees are the lungs of the Earth.  They call to us this time of year with their vibrant colors and falling leaves. Trees in their vast diversity are often taken for granted until Fall or Spring arrives. Then our attention is riveted on either blazing color or verdant green.

Many cultures revere trees as living breathing sacred life that provide purification, bathing us with life giving oxygen and cleansing waters when our environment is in balance.  They are also used for prayers and ceremonies and often are a central focus for communities.

I remember as a young mother reading the book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, to my young sons.  I loved the relationship between the boy and the tree as each went through the stages of their lives.

As we enter the holidays where trees take a central focus for ritual and celebration, perhaps there is another relationship we can nurture that will remind us of the deep and abiding interrelationship that we have with trees, as well as give us moments of peace and a great reminder to breathe fully.

Here is a practice by Llyn Roberts given in the book Speaking With Nature: Awakening to the Deep Wisdom of the Earth, that I invite you to practice as the trees around us change and shift with the season:

“Find a tree you admire on your land, in your backyard, or at a nearby park.  Stand on the earth next to this tree, barefoot if possible.  Gaze at the tree and sniff the air.  Try to sense the misty, nutrient-dense waters that evaporate from this tree being.  Although you may not see moisture, you can imagine its release. 

Breathe in the rich vapors that flow from the tree like a fountain.

Then breathe out sustaining energy to the tree.

As you continue to “tree-breathe”, attune to this tree’s essence.  Feel its spirit for everything it offers.  Importantly, feel your gratitude.  Just as its invisible waters and oxygen nourish you, the love you release with each exhale is food for the tree; appreciation is a nourishing force.

This is a good time to commit to do what you can to promote healthy trees and air, with the tree as your witness.”

As we relate with the trees around us and in our communities we can be with them as a reminder to breathe fully taking time to simply be present to the moment we are inhabiting.

On the inhale silently say to yourself “ALIVE” and on the exhale, “NOW”.  Then rest in the pause before the inhale naturally comes back in again.

This exact moment is a gift of awareness.

TREE BREATHING….

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Soul Musings/Day 28: Breathing With Your Feet

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Standing with eyes closed we may feel our feet clutching the ground beneath us. They have forgotten to trust that the earth will support them.

This disconnect starts much higher in the tension that holds our breath captive above the heart. No wonder we have forgotten how to be as fluid and flowing as the river that easily moves around barriers.

Notice what happens as you let go of the contractions that dwell in the ego. The body softens and the breath cascades down to kiss the earth.

If everyone breathed with their feet just think how differently we would relate to our planet.

Bowing in scared reverence for our life.

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Soul Musings/Day 27: Deliberate Breathing

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By breathing on purpose you are allowing Source to inspire you.

Expanding and filling your cells with a vibration of thriving.

Focusing on one breath after another there is less likely to be resistance. The mind has nothing to complain about as attention moves with the breath.

Filling your lungs with the very best air you can give them.

Go to the ocean, open a window, sit under a tree, run through the meadow, commune with the river, rest in the garden.

Be a deliberate breather.

Allow your breath to be the foundation from which you take the best from life.

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Soul Musings is a 31-day practice for the month of December immersed in deep listening to what is emerging and unfolding day by day.  Eight sentences with occasional resources to explore more deeply.

Each post, invited by Soul, allows the words to emerge unscathed from prior planning, editing, or censorship.  Dwelling in uncertainty and dipping a toe into mystery this union of words is an attempt to resonate within an innate way of Being…. returning “home”.

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Soul Musings/Day 18: Sacred Patterns of Life

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Infinite Inspiration

All around and within us lies the beauty and sacred patterns of life. Within this we discover the fullness and resonance of who we are.”

Gaye Abbott from Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath

The strands of our DNA, the cornea of our eye, snow flakes, pine cones, fower petals, diamond crystals, the branching of trees, water crystals, a nautilus shell, the star we spin around, the galaxy we spiral within, the air we breathe, and life forms as we know them emerge out of timeless geometric codes or geometrical archetypes.

Spending an entire afternoon exploring sacred geometry one day, I was lead to what seemed like spirals of understanding as I delved deeper into the patterns of life. It makes sense that even our breath is moving in patterns that support sacred design and breathing space to thrive in.

If this is so, then I wonder if we place ourselves in architecture built upon the patterns of sacred geometry and immerse ourselves in visionary art.

Create gardens that reflect back to us the fabric of our Being.

And seek out practices that open and align us with our deepest knowing and awareness of these geometric archetypes.

That the mystery of life will reveal more to us.

Illuminating the fullness and resonance of who we are.

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(Above taken from Pg 76, Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath)

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Soul Musings/Day 16: The Pause

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We too should make ourselves empty, that the great Soul of the Universe may fill us with its breath”. Laurence Binyon

It is within the stillness and emptiness of the pause that all life unfolds. This is the space that is ripe with possibility uniquely structured for each body.

It is obvious to many that life in “civilized” culture distracts constantly and attempts to fill the spaces. We didn’t have this kind of “noise” for most of our human evolution, but instead had our intuition, instincts, senses, innate skills, memories of other seasons and times, nature….and our tribe of others to rely on.

Underneath, and beyond this civilized noise is a space to rest in. The space between the inhale and exhale.

 Accepting this space by emptying out in those precious moments is the alchemy that brings us back to full breath. The great heart and Soul of our Being. 

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Each post, invited by Soul, allows the words to emerge unscathed from prior planning, editing, or censorship.  Dwelling in uncertainty and dipping a toe into mystery this union of words is an attempt to resonate within an innate way of Being…. returning “home”.

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Soul Musings/Day 15: Attentive Holiday Breathing

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Mailing packages at the post office today I felt it. That rather frantic irritable energy that seemed to be emanating off of many there.

One of my clients this week noticed that she felt irritable after coming home from work. She couldn’t get a handle on why.

I feel it in the space – the holiday breath holding – and have a natural remedy   always on hand to soothe this energy and return the owner of any particular body back to a connected embodied peace.

Of course you know what I am going to say – breathe fully from the belly reaching upwards into the diaphragm, expanding the ribcage and dropping the shoulders down to the earth, inhale after exhale.

Such a simple practice that can be done wherever you are with side effects that ripple out to those around you. Try it out and feel the energy shift as you attentively relax into your next breath and a soft smile emerges on your face….

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Soul Musings is a 31-day practice for the month of December immersed in deep listening to what is emerging and unfolding day by day.  Eight sentences with occasional resources to explore more deeply.

Each post, invited by Soul, allows the words to emerge unscathed from prior planning, editing, or censorship.  Dwelling in uncertainty and dipping a toe into mystery this union of words is an attempt to resonate within an innate way of Being…. returning “home”.

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Soul Musings/Day 14: Heart Openers

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What better practice this time of year than to do heart opening.

Whether in a yoga class, in meditation, smiling at a stranger or gazing in someones eyes.

There is yet another practice that holds the possibility to go deep within your own heart and connect to those in your life that have been, or are, challenging relationships….a practice that emerged for me during yoga class today.

The greatest gift you can give anyone is that of acknowledgement for the absolute love they are and have always been for you…even in the midst of difficulty and estrangement.

In your imagination see that you are meeting each one of these people one after another and as you walk up to them and look into their eyes say the acknowledgement with open heart, embracing them and breathing together, then pulling back and with hands at your heart bowing.

That person will be replaced by the next person, and the next, and the next, until you have a circle of those that have passed through your life and left you changed forever….who you are today.

They have all played their part in your unfolding life and you in theirs.

Perhaps it is time as we near the end of the year to open the space for heart and body opening release and lovingly let them go…… or invite them back in breathing peace.

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Inspiring New Possibilities, Living From the Soul of Life While Co-creating Well Being of Body, Being, Heart and Planet….One Breath At A Time

Soul Musings is a 31-day practice for the month of December immersed in deep listening to what is emerging and unfolding day by day.  Eight sentences with occasional resources to explore more deeply.

Each post, invited by Soul, allows the words to emerge unscathed from prior planning, editing, or censorship.  Dwelling in uncertainty and dipping a toe into mystery this union of words is an attempt to resonate within an innate way of Being…. returning “home”.

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