“Breathe in, Breathe out
They say its all going down, yeah, all gone down
But from your center you can see its just goin up and around”
These lyrics have resonated with me so profoundly over the course of the past 14 days. They have catapulted me into a new phase of my life. As our political climate in the U.S.A. shifts dramatically, fear and anger boil to the brim while an emergence of human rights awareness unfolds. This feels like a familiar wave of change approaching yet no wave is alike even in the smallest bodies of water.
“Worry will not take away your trouble tomorrow
Only take away your peace today
Worry will not take away your pain, your sorrow
Bring it back to the breath and it can all melt away”
I find my bliss in snippets of moments. When I was younger I pined for constant bliss, I often grew despondent in my inability to retain bliss. I realized long ago I will not have constant bliss but I have only recently come to accept it fully. I have only recently acquired the patience and determination to enjoy my bliss while I have it. Like ocean waves, my moments of bliss return and return again.
I think states of bliss can be accomplished by everyone. One way I experience bliss is in taking a walk. While I’m out I often pick up litter and then walk to the nearest recycle and trash bin for proper disposal. I could allow myself to feel disgusted by the litter. I could even direct my disgust toward those fellow humans who littered. I could also acknowledge disgust, breathing it in without assigning it to anyone or anything. Just noticing that it is an emotion, one I have had before and one I may have again. Then, I could breathe it out, allowing it, willing it if I may, to transform into gratitude in my abilities, gratitude for being alive right now. Breathe it out with full awareness that it was an emotion I experienced and like all emotions, they come and go. (My bliss can also be found in the garden, when I dance or sing, journal, paint, and cook).
For people who desperately wrestle with severe depression there may be times when thoughts and feelings of gratitude for being alive seemingly do not exist. So the aforementioned practice of shifting disgust into gratitude for life may prove to be too difficult at the time. My recommendation for that situation is to not only seek professional consultation but also to start making a list of adventures, sights, foods, etc. that you are interested in or have daydreamed about experiencing. Then, asking for support and encouragement from people in your life, start taking the steps necessary to have those experiences.
Our breath is our direct connection with Divinity.
“Bring it in, bring it out
Bring it in, bring it out
It’s so simple that it’s easy not to see or believe
But you’re exactly where you need to be so just breathe”
Lyrics by Wookiefoot "Don't Hold Your Breath"