You have been focusing your attention inward to become aware of the blessing of life bubbling up within you. But you can also expand the conscious awareness of your embodiment outwards. Where are the borders of your bodily reality? Are you imprisoned within your skin? Is not your very skin an organ of encounter and exchange? Every breeze that touches your cheek connects you with the farthest reaches of the earth’s atmosphere. A whole ocean of air has gone through your lungs, wave by wave. Portions of some storm raging now in the arctic may once have been inside you. The poet Rainer Maria Rilke mused on this and called our very breathing an “invisible poem.”
Your eyes take in stars that are unimaginably far away. And what about the food your body takes in? At every meal, what has been alive and died becomes alive again in you by nourishing your own aliveness. Eating is an act of holy communion with the Earth. Letting this sink in will take time, but you can make a start at any time. As you pause for a moment before your next meal, you can think of the cosmic connection established by eating. Promise yourself right now to do so.
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