August 21, 2017

Living near the ocean in Maine for over a decade, one may discover that there is a whole other rhythm to keep track of. For many years, my mind kept a quiet corner of awareness reserved for what the tide was doing.  “Is it too high to take the dog?”  Or, “the tide’s out, let’s go look for cool treasures!”  The slow filling and emptying always seemed like an obvious metaphor for breath, but I found that once I started looking, those metaphors were not very hard to find.  Yes, anything that expands and contracts and naturally falls into rhythm, anything that flows life in this nature is metaphor potential. But I have discovered one simple philosophy about breath which really seems to nail it for me: You live like you breathe, and you breathe like you live.

This is where you may stop and consider how you are breathing. Right now.  But also, how do you breathe all the time when you’re not paying attention? And how likely are you to yell at yourself about it? The most peculiar...

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