For Just One Morning

Pranayama is a  Sanskirt word meaning “extension of prana or breath“. Pranayama is the fourth ‘limb’ of the eight limbs of Raja Yoga.

Connecticut


For one morning it’s good not to bump into anybody. A place to swing the arms and walk along in giant steps or slowly amble at a pace that’s comfortable for me. To be out from under the glare of indoor light and away from the sound of industrial hum. For just one morning to fill my lungs with the freshest of air. To walk along and stretch the bones, remembering to  breath, breath.

For one morning it’s good to be not surrounded by glass and steel. No concrete walk or level street, no safety rail for me. A little bit of wilderness to test myself against my age and my agility. Being mindful where to step, climbing hills, hopping rocks, stop and listen, smell and see. Site a new direction, remembering to breath, breath.

For one morning it is good to see the world for myself rather than through the eyes of some reporter on TV. To sit and watch the clouds and contemplate what the weathers going to be. A place away from news of hunger, war or man made catastrophe. Let me find my place in the season, summers gown or autumn leaves; and for just one morning I’m remembering how to breath.

Life is breath. Without breath there is no life. How about you take one minute for yourself right now to breath? One minute! Enlarge one of the scenes above to full screen. Empty your mind and close your eyes for ten seconds. Chant to yourself  “my mind is empty, I’m just breathing, for one minute I am going to breath”. Open your eyes. Breath…Breath…relax..Fifty or sixty breaths should do. Try it next time for just one morning. A Hui Hou.

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9 Responses to For Just One Morning

  1. Those are some gorgeous cloud formations in the last photo. The sky is so blue!

  2. Joe Kenyon says:

    Being in nature is one of the most revitalizing things you can do. Even if it’s for a short time, that time you do spend in nature, away from all the technology, hustle, and frustration of modern society, does more for you than a full 8 hours of sleep at night in the city. I try to get as much nature time as possible. I live in a city, but luckily I have found a couple great nature places. You get so engulfed by the beauty of these places that you forget you’re a short 5 min walk to a McDonalds. That is until the planes fly over…Great post friend. We need more people like you in this world.
    Long Days and Pleasant Nights,
    Shoeless Joe (Barefoot Buffalo)

    • Thank you Joe. I agree that it is most important to be “grounded”. Even those that live in urban areas hopefully find some place to walk or at least sit in a natural environment to regenerate the spirit. Aloha.

  3. I felt like I was right there walking beside you. Breathing.
    Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂
    I could really go for a walk right about now.

  4. Sondra Meyer says:

    What a wonderful photo essay! The center photo is my favorite in that is is the most tranquil and relaxing to me.

    I feel blessed that I have the opportunity to spend a few minutes each day enjoying the peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of town. Tomorrow morning I’ll focus on simply breathing.

  5. Jack says:

    I’ve just now been more concious of my breathing then I have in a very long time.

  6. Tess Kann says:

    This is so LOVELY! Thank you.

    You’re right. Most of us don’t take the time to just breathe, with our face to the sun, away from the din of citified living or just the din of life. We mostly don’t remember how to just be still, at peace and thankful. Its rejuvenating for the spirit.

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