Have you ever felt lonely in a crowded room, or with your partner sleeping mere inches away? Or even in the midst of the controlled chaos that we often refer to as our everyday life? I confess─I have. More times than I care to admit.
There was a time when I introduced myself to the bottom of the heap and resolved that there was simply nowhere else to go. The only thing I knew for sure was that I felt isolated and disassociated from all things previously familiar. Bottom, meet Connie. She’s new here. Be gentle with her.
For those not familiar with my family’s story, all four of our sons died in young adulthood just when life promised to be filled with weddings, grandchildren and a lasting legacy of life. The winds of change blew violently through our lives leaving our landscape barren and unfamiliar.
While tending to outside chores one summer day, a whisper caught my attention. I suddenly felt the presence of an old friend; a constant companion, a sacred sense of feminine Being. I realized something crucial that day; she had been with me─all along. She is the Wind, and she whispered my name. She is that which fills the space of our existence between the heavens and the earth. We walk within her presence daily in a space where it’s safe to share our secrets.
There is a sacred intelligence that billows in the wind, as in the classic song by Peter, Paul and Mary in the 1960s: The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. As sunshine is the laughter of nature, the wind is its inspiration, the breath, the promise of better days ahead. She wears many faces: solar winds, trade winds, winds of change. Change, as they say, is inevitable. This means our priorities must change, too. Let nature nurse you─ if only for a while.
When we become tired souls and weary bodies, we are not living our highest good. When nothing makes sense and you feel the need to escape, try my personal meditation (I love this!):
Run, don’t walk─go outside. Ground yourself in nature by paying particular attention to the gusts of wind that rise to meet you. Greet her face to face. She is your lifeline, your breath of life. Consciously breathe in deeply with your arms open wide to embrace her, filling your heart and lung space with the energy of life and love. As you turn to cast your sails, feel the winds of change at your back as you exhale, releasing all that binds you to your pain or source of aggravation. (If the neighbors are watching, smile and wave!)
Connect to Source and face the wind ~ the breath that knew your name before your birth.
I wish you the brightest of summer days,