Frosting mountains white,
Exciting trees to verdant flame,
Dancing sparrows on your wing,
Swirling waves into long sighs.
And all things live.
A central concept for Tao is breath. Without breath, there is no
life. The complexity of this idea is great indeed. You breathe; that
brings you oxygen. You breathe; that sustains you. You breathe; that
regulates your heartbeat, feeds your brain, makes your blood red. Deeper
still: You breathe, and the entire energy field of your body is
sustained and set into motion. When that field, so intimately tied to
breathing, is integrated with your mind, you have the power of
spirituality. Breath. Don't crassly think of it as mere gas.
Just as we breathe, so too does the universe breathe. In fact, we
can think of the entire medium of life as breath. When the world
breathes, all things are sustained. Weather moves as it should. Plants
grow as they should. Animals are made strong. The very forces of geology
are set into motion. And together, a mighty field of energy is
generated, a much larger version of what happens in your own body.
Connected to that field is a universal mind.
Do you want to know how spirituality works? Breathe.
365 Tao: Daily Meditations