With today's onslaught of inclement weather. With today's uprooting of the familiar, the comfortable, the secure. With a heart both sure and unsure, relieved and hesitant. With all of these factors fluctuating about in my head and heart and mind: What a great reminder today's dependent co-arising was and is.
Breathing in, I calm myself. Breathing out, I smile.
To breathe as such is to fall into place with things as they are. It fosters a gradual shift in focus away from our usual "I" as it imagines itself. The "I" that believes itself alone in its experience, alone in its fight for preservation, for happiness, security, and some sense of meaning. The "I" in infinite divorce from the world, from others, and ultimately, ironically, itself. To breathe mindfully fosters a shift toward a holistic "I", an "I" living in mutual relationship with the world, with the cool air, the rustling leaves, the rain still pit-patting our windowpanes. It is one way we can foster knowledge of our dependent co-arising with the micro- and macro-worlds that weave about us, contiguously, from one moment to the next.