We live immersed in air. We can’t live without this most essential element of life. Air is an invisible power, we can only see it through its effect on the planet: trees bending in the wind, ripples in a pond, a plastic bag tumbling in a parking lot. This month we turn our attention to the atmosphere.
As Unitarian Universalists we honour air as a vital life force that infuses the interdependent web. Breath is part of our weekly practice of meditation within a service, it represents the greater whole to which we all belong. Even an empty chalice is filled with air. Air is both within and without, oxygenating our blood, filling our lungs, surrounding us. We are not separate from the air which we breathe, through it we are connected to all other beings.
This March, as spring begins to emerge on earth, we will explore the element of air through various meditations and physical activities.
This week’s practice is visual meditation. You may watch one or both of these short two minute videos. Consider watching the videos twice through. Find a quiet place and turn the sound up on your computer. Put the video to full screen. Let your eyes go soft as you watch the images. It`s okay if your mind wanders; the point is not to empty your mind, but to not get caught up in your thoughts, to let them flow in and out of you like breath.
Take a minute to steady your breath before you begin a video.
Breathe in, breathe out.
This first video explores the power and beauty of the atmosphere and uses instrumental music.
If you are interested in a neo-pagan understanding of the element of air, the video below provides details of its associations. The sound track is a recording of the wind and is especially evocative if you listen without looking.