On this first Gratitude Day, I am grateful for that first breath taken at birth, the Breath of Life, and for every breath since then.
In the very first moment of life, we take a breath for the first time and struggle to fill our lungs with air. Taking this foreign element into our water-nourished bodies is our first physical struggle outside the womb.
With each succeeding inhalation, we infuse our cells, our muscles, and all our tissues, and we are able to become more alive in this outer world as a result. Then we exhale, only to take in the next breath.
Like a bellows, we fill and empty our lungs. Oxygen is distributed to all the right places. The lungs fill, the heart fills, and cells are alerted,
“Life Will Continue.”
Without that rhythmic inhale-exhale-inhale-exhale song, there would be no life. There would be no BE.
How we know to take that first breath, and to continue breathing — is a mystery.
When we take that first breath outside mother’s womb, we begin on the path of our own life — individual, private, alone. Yet the planet is surrounded with an abundance of air to breathe, an abundance of food to eat, materials for clothing, and places for shelter.
We could live this life alone, but we do not remain alone. At least in the beginning, we need others to feed us, to clothe us, to shelter us, and to show us how to BE in this world. That is the journey.
What compels us to take that first breath? And the second and the third and the four-hundred-millionth?
Perhaps it is an innate knowing that there is something out there. Perhaps it is an innate curiousity that leads us from moment to moment as we experience this physical realm.
Before we know it, decades have passed and we are still standing, still breathing, still listening to our heart beat, however faintly.
So today let’s be grateful for the very basic and irreplaceable Breath of Life. It allows us to explore this adventure called Life as we create our own stories along the inhale-exhale journey. May it contine as long as our heart desires.
Blessings of light, abundance, and peace to you,