Make your breath long and deep like the tides,*
a natural pause as the breath flows out,
a natural pause as you draw air in.
As the tide rolls in and out…
your breath in the rhythm of the sea,
the life force naturally surging within.
— Alberto Villoldo
* I would say, “Allow your breath to become long and deep like the tides.”
This morning I awoke to the invitation to allow a scene from Mother Nature to be painted inside me. I discovered I needed to become liquid, like watercolor, for this to happen. There seemed to be a particular spot, or painting, wanting to paint itself within me. There was an accompanying scent, as of an essential oil. It seems that I am in a healing, mending, and awakening mode which requires me to enter a fluid state that is receptive to Nature’s bounty.
For some time I have felt that my goal is to paint myself and Nature into a seamless unity, so it is relieving to have this experience.
I heard the words, “It’s all inside. Own everything. Choose what you wish to have inside.”
For the Beauty of the Earth
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.
— Folliot S. Pierpoint