On our walk the other day I was thinking of the marvelous complexity that is the air we breathe; that it is also the breath of Mother Nature, and the breath of every bit of matter on the earth. It is a stupendous complexity of interrelatedness that is ever moving, ever changing, ever life sustaining.
It is common to separate out bits of air and call them temperature, or dew point, or wind…. to spend a lifetime studying those isolated elements. Perhaps a bit like the medical profession… study disease, give drugs. Yet as the health of a being depends on far more than drugs, so is the air far more than the separate elements we classify.
I see the air as an entity in its own right, originating from countless sources, being modified by countless sources; a living being, interacting with all things from the edges of space to the core of the planet. It is an alive and active energy field, this aura of our planet.
When one abandons one’s elements, and ventures to her or his horizons, then will one begin to comprehend the true interactions of those elements.
“All things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man… the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports. “