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Breathe until you stop needing anything to be different.

Julia Fehrenbacher

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INHALE for 1…2…3…4

and hold for 1…2…3…4


and continue on. 🙂

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Rising Sun

Today the “pandemic panic” has softened.  Without the cloud of fear I can see more clearly bits of beauty that are always there.  I marvel at the crows involved in building a nest at the highest point of the evergreen across the street.  A mated pair, both are involved in the construction.  Their huge, dark shadows criss-cross the street as they gather nesting material.  One time it was a long piece of dried grass. Soaring to the very peak of the tree, and then inside the arch of the branches, the crow carrying the strand spent a good long time arranging the grass.  From my vantage point, it seemed to be weaving it with its beak and then tamping it down with its feet.  The process did not stop until the grass was just so.  One single strand of grass.  Just one.  How many times do I devote all of my energy, do I give such tremendous care and attention, to the one single thing in my focus?  I dare say I have a lot to learn from the Crow.

There are simple blessings coming out of this lock-down.  No, not lock-down.  “Slowdown” feels so much more gentle and accurate, if we’re willing to embrace the energy.  I’m remembering things I’ve long forgotten.  I’ve forgotten how much I love to make soup and bake savory muffins.  I’ve forgotten how much I love strong physical exercise.  I love to get my heart pumping and my blood moving.  The entire focus on the breath and the movement calms my mind. (The Yogis knew what they were talking about!)  I love to sweat.  When I do, my body feels strong and alive.  I’ve missed that.  I’ve forgotten that.  Until the slowdown, that is.

These days I’ve been granted the unspeakably sweet gift of life outside of the constraints of time.  That doesn’t mean lazing about all day long.  No.  There are still responsibilities that demand my attention.  Groceries still need to be brought into the house.  Bills still need to be paid.  But I can relax my grip on time.  I’m remembering how it is to say, “If not today, perhaps tomorrow.”  When I do that, I feel more expansive.  This is delicious for the woman who usually feels like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, racing around, obsessed with duty and time.  Some long forgotten part of me can breathe again.  The walls of my rigidly constructed world have pushed back a bit.  I feel more space, more spaciousness.

I know this is a privilege that so many do not get to enjoy.  This is not a gift that I will squander. For the preciousness of it, I am grateful.

Have you noticed anything interesting arising for you in these times?  Any glimmers or whispers of things long forgotten?  I certainly do hope you are blessed by unexpected gifts.  Sometimes they are the things that make the unbearable a bit easier to shoulder.

Thinking of you and sending you so much love.



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