The leaves have fallen and the snow has arrived, heralding the onset of winter. It is the chill air that I notice most, as I pull down my hat and pull up the scarf to protect my face. And yet, when I stop and stand and pause, I love the bracing coolness of the air.
This week, take some inspiration from Unitarian Universalist Brian Nelson’s meditation on air. Stop one day on the sidewalk and breathe and simply experience the air all around you and within you.
As the autumn air grows chill, take this opportunity to become mindful:
be aware of the air itself.
“The air is the most pervasive presence I can name,
enveloping, embracing, and caressing me
inside and out.”*
We swim in the air even more deeply then we swim in the water;
it bathes us as it slips into our lungs and fills our hearts.
Every breath refreshes us, calms us,
and yet sometimes the breath startles us.
Remember this: the word spirit comes from the latin for breath.
As we bundle up against the oncoming chill,
face the wind and feel the prickles of cold air against the skin,
an icy reminder of the invisible realm of life.
* (David Abrams, The Spell of the Sensuous)
Adapted from Earth Bound, daily meditations by Brian Nelson