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Outwardly lost – inwardly gained

What if Covid has been one of the biggest potential teachers we have had for a long time?  A potential wakeup call? 
 
What have you learnt?  What have you realised about yourself, about our society good and bad?
 
Have you found that you have inner resources you didn’t know you had?  Have you craved human contact, a laugh, a hug, so much it hurt?  Have those you love the most almost driven you mad at times?
 
There is an old Danish saying that goes: Outwardly lost – inwardly gained.  What we lose – like our freedom, perhaps income, or our naivety – has to be reclaimed as emotional maturity, insight, wisdom, perhaps even action.
 
I have found more contentment in my little life, growing tomatoes and rocket, walking, sitting with a cup of tea watching whales.  The Covid experience has given me plenty of experiences of not feeling that I am missing out on anything, I am where I am supposed to be.
 
Another insight that came through a discussion is about the word ‘spire’. ‘Spir’- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning ‘breathe’ ‘ It is found in such words as aspire, conspire, expire, inspire, perspire, respiration, respiratory, respire, spiracle, spirit, and transpire.  So breathing and spirit are the same…In Danish also, the word ‘aande’ is ‘to breathe’ and the word ‘aand’ is ‘spirit’.  Breathing and spirit, same, same…
 
I have often found that there is deep insight in the origins of words.  On Radio National I heard that there is a good chance that on your next inbreath you will be breathing in molecules from Caesar’s last outbreath.  Spirit?  Breath?
 
Our shared air, our shared spirit?  Gives a new perspective on air-pollution.  What do you think?  Spirit-Breath?
 
Focus on breath and the self, and the ‘me focus’ dials down.  When in ‘no self’, then we are in spirit, or?
 
Tom Gillette in his article about breath states: “Breath is not a tool! Breath is Spirit in disguise. [When you call it a tool] you have demeaned the ultimate reality and reduced it to a f…… tool in your goddamn toolbox.”
 
“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh.
Another way of saying this is every time you get lost in ‘self’, shift to spirit and it will give you perspective.
 
 
We do not take a breath, we are being breathed.  Just like we are a spiritual being having a human experience, not the other way around. We are a living organism that breathes.  We can but observe it.  When we do observe, we can be reminded that there was a first breath, there will be a last.  And every moment where we focus solely on the breath we are at ease.
 
 

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