The Four Elements: Air
Have you ever felt like you couldn't breathe, or know of someone who suffers from asthma or panic attacks?
Picture yourself in a city, who's air you breathe in is composed of coal, vehicular, and chemical emissions, fires from deforestation and for the burning of garbage. In a place where breathing outside for a few hours can already start causing damage to your lungs.
This week we acknowledge the element of air in our series of making connections between our health and nature.
Air surrounds us, and we are continuously bringing it into our bodies to survive. It's no wonder that when we feel really uncomfortable or feel panic rising when we have something too tight around our necks, or are in situations that reduce our breathing efficiency.
The ability to breathe freely so that we can live most of our lives not struggling for each breath is worthy of celebrating, and something we should try to help those who don't have it achieve.
We don't need permit the burning dirty fuel when we have a growing number of modern technologies which are getting better and more cost effective.
We don't need to give our permission to mow or burn down the Earth's lungs aka. the rainforests to grow carcinogenic products like processed meats.
Check out this video on 100 practical and ready-to-go solutions created by the researchers of the Drawdown project.
The joy of experiencing clean, free, and easy breathing is a wonderful experience.
Some of us learn to be aware of it for the first time in yoga, when we meditate, or when a friend tells us to stop and breathe before a big exam, meeting, or performance.
Here are some ways you can cultivate your mindfulness and appreciation for air:
Witness the physical act of your breath. Breathing outside in the cool air gives us opportunity to realize this simple, unconscious action is what fuels every cell in our body to create the energy that animates us!
Notice the smells of different seasons, the sensations of wind, and temperatures on your skin.
Remember how our breath connects us to the beautiful greenery we find scattered around us. Our exhales bring each other life.
Air is the breath of life.
It oxygenates the waters, fuels our fires, and grows plants on our earth.
We can truly appreciate air when recognize its connection to our health and the health of our environment.
"A breath of fresh air is a great thing to take and an even better thing to be."
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