Soul Musings/Day 19: The Breathing Space of Stability

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Much to our dismay we recognize in our aware moments that there is no stability in life.

The “certainty” that we would like to hang on to simply does not exist.

Even our breathing is supported by many factors such as changes in our activities/or lack of, our overall health at any given moment, the aging process and stimulus from many domains.

Pinning anything down is virtually impossible in this constantly creating, energetically evolving Universe.

 We can institute some stability by taking effective action in our lives like supporting an unstable knee with strengthening exercises, the correct shoes,and body movement awareness which supports stability – however like the stones above one small shift will cause them to come cascading down into yet another formation.

The key is that there is constant shift as we live life as it really is from our biology, and when that shift occurs it is simply evolution into another expression that is being called for versus bad/good or right/wrong.

A dance for certain and one which leaves us as the curious, resilient, and at times startled and confused Choreographer.

With Source as Director.

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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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Soul Musings/Day 17: Soulful Breath Dance

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Alvin Ailey Dancers

I wish to live a life that causes my Soul to dance inside my body.” Dele Olanubi

Excavating hidden places that are yearning to show their faces

Inhaling touches them with luminosity

Cells vibrate with Light

Causing the hidden language of the Soul to come alive

Cascading through every fiber of the body

As ownership of the exhale surrenders itself to uncertainty

Vibrating with movement

Capturing, then releasing, the passion that fills one single Being

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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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Soul Musings/Day 10: Embracing Mistakes

Life is filled with them – mistakes that is. How else could we learn, grow and expand the creative breathing space and learn who we are if not for them.

This video by Victor Wooten makes some great distinctions for musicians. They can also be applied to many other aspects of our lives.

Embracing our mistakes opens the doorway for learning and full on creativity to emerge from other spaces we might not have explored otherwise.

Placing ourselves in the company of others that have gained competency, mastery or artistry challenges and inspires us to reach more deeply inside and discover the unique style/language yearning to be expressed….or simply the yearning.

Challenging ourselves to step up, step out, and “play” more opens what might be a narrow container into a full on playing field where we fall into the possibility of finding out what we are really made of.

And last but not least, bringing that full, juicy, sometimes quiet and still, poetic Soulful expression from the deepest recesses, and most expanded and convoluted spaces of our Being is damn interesting!

(This post dedicated to Brian Alger, friend and fellow writer on the path….)

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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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Many Paths to Stillness of the Breath

“When the breath is irregular, the mind is also unsteady; but when the breath is still, so is the mind.” ~ Pradipika

I start with this quote as I am going to venture a bit away from it…well maybe way off from it.  But not really, because after practicing the primate Hu Breath I do believe that there will be so much opening in your body, that the return to stillness will be automatic -and deeper – and all irregularities will simply vanish!  There are many paths to reach a destination I say…

However, you may find yourself laughing with abandon before you finish this little practice.  Caryn McHose and Kevin Frank have written a delightful book called, How Life Moves, Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness.  The book literally fell off my shelf today as I was sorting through books I want to keep in my move to Austin, and those that I will be gifting away.  Let’s just say that I will be keeping this one!

Directions follow which come straight from the book. This practice is the invention of Emilie Conrad, the founder of Continuum.

To do the Hu Breath, start by sitting comfortably on the floor, on a chair, or atop a physioball.  Breathe through your mouth.  On each exhale make a “ha” or “hee” or “hu” sound.  Breathe continuously in and out, moderately quickly, creating a visible pumping of the belly and letting the mouth experiment with different Simian expressions.  (that means monkey movements and sounds my friends!)  Allow the rhythm of the breath to pulse the body.  Play with the movement using an imagined sense of monkey and jungle persona to inspire the shapes of the movement.”

Personally I suggest that if you have a physioball, use it (bouncing is absolutely delicious!), as it creates another element to freeing your body and breath into movement freedom and instant laughter!  Breathing Spaces are only limited if you inhibit them….so I say go for it today and try on something completely different.  (even though I suspect that for some of you this will be just normal everyday behavior!)  Enjoy and let me know how you feel!!

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Breath of Joy!

What if the breath was a pathway to choose joy?  There is a very old Chinese saying that says, “One who half breathes, half lives.”   When you are feeling fatigue, lethargy, slight depression, or inability to focus have you ever just done a Breath Check?  You may find that your breathing has some restrictions. The good news is that you can chose to change that in any moment!

Shallow, upper chest, or restricted breathing represents so many things.  It is a pattern in alignment with restriction, limitation, and shutting down on life – YOUR LIFE!

Have you ever held your nose and tried to taste something?  Or maybe you did that when you were young and your parents wanted you to eat something that you didn’t want to eat…so you held your nose and ate it….because you couldn’t taste it right?!

Shutting down on the breath shuts down more than just the breath.  It obviously impacts your health and aliveness, but it also shuts down your joy and pleasure of living,  being in the moment, your creativity, and your ability to “taste life”.

Here is a simple video that gives you a tool to shift what I call “low life breathing” into “breathing in creative joy”.  Use it often!

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INSPIRATION

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Your true support system is in each breath that you take.  It is your inspiration: the movement of air that spirals in and out of your mouth and lungs each second of every day.  It is the breathing-in of your Divine Self; your connection with Divine Mind.

And it doesn’t stop with you.  The breath you draw at this moment is the same breath I am drawing.  Wherever you are – whether you are in America or Fiji, Venezuela or Japan – you are breathing the very same breath.

Think about it for just a moment.  There is nothing between the air surrounding you and the air surrounding me.  It carries on in one seamless, invisible network of nitrogen, oxygen and other gasses.  It covers the whole Earth, permeating everything: even the waters of the ocean (there’s just a little more hydrogen down there) and the miles of frozen tundra.

It binds us together as surely as the moon draws the tides across the planet: moving to an unseen tune: guided by the Divine Design.

We are all inspired by the same force of life.

And it doesn’t stop with us humans, either!

The breath that is filling your lungs at this second is the very same breath that swirls around the lungs of the jaguar in the deepest corner of the rainforest and expands the bronchial tubes of the albatross as it wings its silent way far out to sea.  It inspires the tiniest pigmy shrew, which must eat every two hours if it is to survive.  It gives life to the seventy-foot whale, which must eat more than a million shrews could eat in their whole lives with one gulp of its gargantuan mouth!  

It gives colour to every plant and substance to every crustacean.  It touches us all in this instant.  We are all connected: always.  We just have to wake up to who we are.  And to do that, you must take the leap of faith that you took with that very first breath.  You must follow your own inspirations. “

Richard Cawte, Ph.D.   Excerpt from a new book being released soon!  Divine Path –  Stay tuned !!!   www.richardcawte.com

I start this post with Richard’s quote above for many reasons.  This past couple of weeks for me has been driven by “inspiration” and fueled by “intuition”.  Reaching Richard’s website by what I call “divine providence” as I explored one day, I was so taken by the work he is doing in the world that I wrote him an e-mail of gratitude.  Out of that e-mail has come a meaningful and delicious connection that has inspired me tremendously already, and has me more often utilizing my intuition and creative inspiration at every opportunity that I can.

As I read the passages that contained the excerpt above, tears streamed down my face.  To wake up to the immense interconnectedness of all living things is almost more than one can hold.  I do know that your breath – which is your inspiration and your creative expression in the world – is shared by all, including the earth and all of nature – expanding out into the immense universe.  We create it all by our thoughts and the actions stemming from those thoughts.

I invite you to take in the deepest, most expansive breath that is possible for you in this moment and remember….. as you exhale and come to that still pause at the end …. right before the next inspiration  – who and what you are sharing this breath with.  We in-spire each other….

Gaye Abbott, A Breath Inspired Writer

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Compliance or Creativity?

Creative living does not mean only the creative life of the artist.  To make art is wondrous, enriching, and indispensable.  But it is just as essential to enjoy the freedom to live creatively whatever we may be doing, whether it’s slicing carrots, cutting flowers, trading bonds, baking bread, taking a walk, drawing a breath, riding a bus – or writing poems, symphonies, or novels.  The portrait of the artist is really about the creative spark that exists in each of us, young, old, and in between, that is enlivened by solitude.  When that spark is ignited, our lives feel rich and meaningful; when it stays buried, we go about the business of living ready-made, compliant, rule-dominated lives, wondering what went wrong and how to change it. “  Florence Falk from On My Own

I am certain that Julia Cameron of The Artist’s Way would agree with that statement as she affirms that creativity is everyone’s birthright and I say is medicine as essential and health giving as the breath.  Art teaches us to express how we feel – as the breath teaches us how to live fully embodied lives.

We come already equipped at birth to live full and vibrant lives.  Of course not all of us are born into circumstances that promote that way of living, and some of us come in with early, or acquired later on in life,  health challenges that we assume affects our ability to live creatively or breathe fully.  The challenge here is for each of us to see and feel what may be in our way of uncovering the full creative expression – and breath! – that we were born with (even if we feel “I don’t have a creative bone in my body” or “I have a health challenge that prevents me from fully breathing/living.”) Did you know that the Balinese don’t even have a word for art in their language because everything is creative!

Get curious!  Give yourself some solitude to explore.  Perhaps uncover – or honor – a passion – and watch what happens to the breath as you savor the experience and entertain the possibilities that seem to birth themselves out of nowhere.

Compliant or Creative??  You choose….

Here are some suggestions from most challenging to easy:

*Quit your present job (that you cannot possibly fully express YOU in) and bring your passion to life!  For this one please go to www.infinitevisionart.com for inspiration!!!!!!….and watch this video:   Be certain to look at The Artist and The Beautiful Project!!

*Go on an Artist Date weekly by yourself and spend one hour exploring a place/art/music/etc that inspires you.

*De-clutter your living spaces and find your creative energy coming back that was lost in the mess.

*Take a Gratitude Walk (more on this in future posts) and put your attention on what you are grateful for – including the surroundings you are walking through.

*Eat a meal mindfully and slowly paying attention to the colors, textures, tastes and smells.

*Send a friend, family member (or even stranger) a card that you have created.

*Be still and breathe in this moment….

Gaye Abbott
Breathe Fully, Live Fully!