Every Breath is a Sacrament

air-past-and-futureFrom our AIR Ceremony this morning, this quote from David Suzuki:

“Air exits your nose to go right up your neighbor’s nose, In everyday life we absorb atoms from the air that were once part of birds and trees and snakes and worms, because all aerobic forms of life share the same air… air is a matrix that joins all life together.”

“The longer each of lives, the greater the likelihood that we will absorb atoms that were once part of Jesus Christ, of Neanderthal people and woolly mammoths. As we have breathed our forebears, so our grandchildren and their grandchildren will take us in with their breath. We are bound up inseparably with the past and the future by the spirit we share.”

“Every breath is a sacrament, an affirmation of our connection with all other living things, a renewal of our link with our ancestors and a contribution to generations yet to come. Our breath is a part of life’s breath, the ocean of air that envelops Earth.”

~ David Suzuki, The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature


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