the presence of wind

I had the good fortune to be on a Shamanic journey the weekend after Magic died where I connected with the spirits of nature: fire, wind, water, earth, bugs, and plants. Connection with nature is available all the time and requires only that I focus my attention to use my senses to see, hear, feel, smell, and taste.

Fire is probably the only spirit that one might not want to taste in its burning naked essence, but we taste and ingest fire anytime we have eaten a plant or an animal cooked over an open flame. I doubt that I would ever lick an insect or eat dirt, and I remind myself to admire poison ivy from afar and only taste water that I know well.

The wind is an entirely different matter. Wind is air molecules who have caught the energy of the sun and use it to travel the earth. It is with us all the time. Can you taste the wind? Of course we can. We can measure its strength with our bodies, watch its effects with our eyes, smell its fragrance through our nostrils, and hear its journey as it passes through tree branches and lifts the eaves of our homes. Most of us don’t stick our tongues out to taste it as it passes by, but you might try it sometime.

Because it is always available, I have begun to pay attention to wind while walking. The west wind visited me the other day, bringing with it the promise of autumn. I felt its breath of coolness against my skin even though the temperature of the air was well over 90 degrees. As I inhaled, the air tasted and smelled faintly of dusty leaves and earthy soil. It was easy to see and hear the trees ruffling in the breeze, but that was not all I could hear. Beneath the quiet trembling of tree limbs, the wind offered me a whisper of advice: look to be happy.

I’ve been pondering this advice. It is not so much that the wind advised me to be happy. It clearly said “look” to be happy. If I expect happiness, I will seek it – I will look to find it around me. I can expect that if I desire happiness, I will find and experience happiness within myself. Even if there are some present circumstances in my life that I am not totally happy with, I can look within my being and find much to be happy and joyful about. Being happy is a proactive way of life.

When I quiet the monkey chatter in my head and connect to these ever-present spirits of nature, I realize my more complete oneness. The wind is always inside me filling my lungs, providing my cells with precious molecules of oxygen. My contribution is the carbon dioxide I exhale which the wind then carries to all the plants of the earth. They, in turn, sustain me with their nutrients when I ingest them. The wind even captures the molecules of water on my skin when I sweat and lifts them high into the atmosphere where they become clouds of rainwater. Those molecules carry an essence of me to share with the world.

The next time it rains, I am going to imagine I am being showered with happiness.

©2010 by Barbara L. Kass

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8 Responses to “the presence of wind”

  1. holessence Says:

    “Beneath the quiet trembling of tree limbs, the wind offered me a whisper of advice: look to be happy.”

    “Being happy is a proactive way of life.”

    Barbara – I like the way you think. When we ride our bikes this afternoon, I’m going to pay much better attention to the wind.

    Have a great holiday weekend.

    • Barbara Kass Says:

      Hi, Laurie — I need to get my mountain bike tuned up and get some new tires. I haven’t been bike riding in ages and I used to go two or three times a week at least. I hope your weather has cleared up enough to ride. In El Paso, I often rode my bike from the east side of the mountains to the west side to get to college. Several times, I was late getting started back and those afternoon thunderstorms would come crashing down, drenching me. Fortunately, they were short-lived. We have Earl winds blowing here today — it is a great way to clean the air.

  2. ButterfliesGalore-Kimberly Grady Says:

    I think my thoughts were floating around in the wind, then you caught them and floated this breeze right back to me.

    Thanks for the wonderful thoughts.

    Have a great weekend.


  3. Deanna Says:

    Wonderful way to look at the four elements. I will also think of the wind differently. I love the wind in my face coming off the water.

    And your view of fire is so lovely… we connect with fire in so many ways.

    I’m going to spend time in nature this weekend, even in the wind and rain I can connect with Mother Earth.
    Thanks for your thoughts, very inciteful!

    • Barbara Kass Says:

      Hello, Deanna – thanks for coming by. What I find so supportive in Shamanism is that I can practice in the middle of a big city instead of thinking I have to wait until I am in a forest or park. We are always in the elements and have the nature spirits close by.

  4. sandiwhite Says:

    Barbara, you were much on my mind yesterday when Earl was tearing his way up the East Coast. I am thinking that it took a world of prayers to get that big storm to turn his attention in another direction. I am grateful that no more harm was done than could be attended to over the weekend. Today I am very aware of the wind as it is the first we’ve seen or felt in quite a while. I’m sure it was there, it was just moving very, very s-l-o-w-l-y, not enough to cool the sweated brow. Today it took off my hat and I laughed to see it so frisky.

    • Barbara Kass Says:

      Hi, Sandi — we were happy to see Earl on his way out to sea as well. Hurricane Isabella swamped us about 7 years ago and we were without power for about a week. I think you and I and Georgia and Maryland are just about ready to give up summer.

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